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Rutgers QB Philip Nelson Arrested for Assault, Victim in Critical Condition

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Multiple media outlets are reporting Rutgers QB Philip Nelson was arrested in his native Minnesota early this morning.

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Rutgers QB Philip Nelson was arrested last night for assault in his native Minnesota.  Nelson was the former starting QB for the Minnesota Gophers, before transferring to RU earlier this year.  He is not eligible to play in 2014, but was the Knights' likely starter in 2015 after a strong spring.

Details are very sketchy at this point, but Nelson, 20, was arrested near the scene of an apparent assault in Mankado, MN, his hometown.  The victim is Isaac Kolstad, a 24-year-old college football player at Mankato State.  According to the Pioneer Press, Kolstad is listed in critical condition.

Nelson has allegedly been charged with third degree assault and underage alcohol consumption, and will likely be arraigned Monday or Tuesday.

Rutgers just released a statement on the matter, saying, "We are in the process of gathering information on the situation and reserve comment until the legal process is complete."

Update: The police dispatch recordings are here. Victim was allegedly unconscious for ten minutes, and Nelson allegedly kicked him in the head. Everybody is entitled to his day in court, and nobody is guilty until proven beyond a reasonable doubt, but if this is remotely true, Nelson is gone, and probably doing jail time.

Stick with On the Banks as this situation develops.