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Nelson back for Gophers with confidence, competition

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MINNEAPOLIS — When Minnesota took Philip Nelson’s redshirt off at midseason, Gophers fans howled about the potential waste of a year of eligibility for a well-regarded recruit.

The upside to his earlier-than-expected experience is the extra confidence he can take into his sophomore year. Despite being the only quarterback on the roster who has taken a college snap, though, Nelson won’t be without competition when fall practice begins this weekend.

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