Philip Nelson dismissed from Rutgers football program after assault charges
Rutgers has dismissed quarterback Philip Nelson from its football program, the school announced on Tuesday.
“The Rutgers football family’s thoughts and prayers are with Isaac Kolstad and his family,” coach Kyle Flood said in a press release.
Nelson was charged with first- and third-degree assault after allegedly kicking a former Minnesota State-Mankato football player in the head at least once outside of a bar in Mankato, Minn., last weekend. A complaint obtained by NJ.com indicated that police who viewed footage of the incident said Kolstad, the victim of the alleged assault, struck Nelson before being punched by an unknown suspect. Police said Kolstad collapsed and lay on the pavement, defenseless, as Nelson allegedly kicked him. Kolstad, 24, suffered permanent brain damage and is in critical condition, according to his father. Nelson posted bond and left jail on Monday evening.
Nelson transferred to Rutgers in January and participated in spring practice after starting 16 games over two seasons at Minnesota. The 6-foot-2, 215-pound quarterback, who was named Minnesota's Mr. Football in 2011, passed for 1,306 yards with nine touchdowns and six interceptions and rushed for 364 yards last season. Nelson would have had two years of eligibility with the Scarlet Knight after sitting out 2014 due to NCAA transfer rules.