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Updated: August 21st, 2013 8:39am
Philip Nelson is 'certainly our starter,' per Gophers coach Jerry Kill

Philip Nelson is 'certainly our starter,' per Gophers coach Jerry Kill

by Nate Sandell
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Entering Gophers football camp this August, the tone from the team was that there would be a battle for starting quarterback. That battle is over, and Philip Nelson has won.

Many felt the competition was not sincere, as Nelson always appeared to have the edge to earn the job. Barring injuries, there is no doubting that the sophomore quarterback will enter the season as the

Gophers' No. 1 signal caller, with redshirt freshman Mitch Leidner set to serve as backup.
And although reassurance wasn't exactly needed, head coach Jerry Kill gave it on Tuesday when he said Nelson is "certainly our starter."

The No. 1 and No. 2 spots aren't the only roles that look to be solidified.

After the team finally shifted true freshman quarterback Donovahn Jones to wide receiver, it cleared any lingering debate over who is the Gophers' third option under center.

"A kid who has really come on here lately is (freshman) Chris Streveler," Kill said. "It seems like when he goes and plays in a scrimmage situation he just plays and the chains move and good things happen."

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