Gophers football coaches spent the entire season trying to corral the team’s quarterback situation.
And despite an 8-5 season, they never quite figured it out.
So Philip Nelson took matters into his own hands.
The sophomore signal caller, who led the Gophers on their first four-game Big Ten winning streak in a single season in 40 years, announced his decision to transfer last week — a synergic move that will benefit both parties.
Mitch Leidner is now the odds-on favorite to call the shots next season.
Andre McDonald was one of the nation’s most sought-after receivers coming out of Hopkins High School in 2012. Ohio State, UCLA, Michigan State, Vanderbilt and Minnesota all courted the four-star recruit.
He ultimately opted for the Gophers but left the program last fall after being suspended multiple times.
Now, McDonald plans to enroll at Division III University of Wisconsin-River Falls to play football and basketball, he told the Minnesota Daily on Jan. 14.
Andre McDonald left the Gophers football program last fall after multiple suspensions.
Philip Nelson is leaving the University of Minnesota football program after two seasons, according to multiple reports that surfaced Thursday.
Nelson, a Mankato, Minn., native, started nine games during the 2013 season and recorded 1,306 passing yards, nine touchdowns and six interceptions. He also rushed for six touchdowns in Minnesota's run-heavy offense.
Minnesota sophomore quarterback Philip Nelson announced his decision to transfer Wednesday.