Rutgers QB Nelson facing assault charge

Philip Nelson, the former Minnesota quarterback who transferred to Rutgers this winter, was arrested early Sunday on suspicion of assault following an incident that left another football player in critical condition.

Nelson, 20, faces charges of suspicion of third-degree assault and underage alcohol consumption. Police in Mankato, Minn., found Isaac Kolstad, a football player for Minnesota State-Mankato, critically injured near an intersection in town around 2 a.m. Sunday. Nelson was at the scene and taken into custody. He will likely be arraigned Monday or Tuesday. Police reportedly are seeking another person in the incident.

Kolstad, 24, began his college career at North Dakota State before transferring to Minnesota State-Mankato.

In a prepared statement, Rutgers said it is "in the process of gathering information on the situation and reserve comment until the legal process is complete."

Nelson played two seasons at Minnesota and started 16 games, including nine last season, before announcing in January that he would transfer. He landed at Rutgers two weeks later and went through spring practice with the Scarlet Knights. Nelson will sit out the 2014 season because of NCAA transfer rules and have two seasons of eligibility remaining.

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