Gophers will Start Nelson 24 Oct 12

Golden Gopher head football coach Jerry Kill says he expects to play his true freshman quarterback Phillip Nelson again this weekend. In fact, Kill says once he took the redshirt off of the youngster from Mankato that he would be playing most of the snaps under center. MarQueis Gray continues to recover from injury and has been penciled as a wide receiver the rest of the season. Max Shortell is getting healthy and could see some time, but for now, expect Nelson to get a bulk of the repitions in games and practices. Minnesota needs two wins in its final five games to secure bowl eligibility. The Golden Gophers host Purdue on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at TCF Bank Stadium.