I-A College Football
                 === Rutgers QB Nelson dismissed from team ===
 Piscataway,  NJ (SportsNetwork.com)  -  Rutgers  dismissed quarterback  Philip
 Nelson  from  its football team Tuesday  morning, one day after he was charged
 with  first-  and third-degree  assault for  his role in  an incident over the
 weekend that left a 24-year-old man near death.
 "The Rutgers football family's thoughts and prayers are with Isaac Kolstad and
 his family," said Rutgers coach Kyle Flood in a statement.
 Nelson  has  been charged with  first-degree assault causing great bodily harm
 and  third-degree assault  causing  substantial bodily  harm,  according to  a
 criminal complaint obtained and posted online by NJ.com.
 According  to  the website,  police say  Nelson, 20, was  upset over a bouncer
 flirting with his girlfriend at a bar in downtown Mankato, Minnesota.
 The  men had  a "heated"  verbal  exchange outside  the bar  and the  bouncer,
 identified  as  former Minnesota  State-Mankato football player Isaac Kolstad,
 hit  Nelson in  the back with a  punch, forcing the quarterback to the ground,
 according to an officer who viewed surveillance footage of the incident.
 After an unidentified male ran after Kolstad and punched him in the head/face,
 Kolstad  fell  back and  hit his  head on the  pavement. Nelson then allegedly
 kicked Kolstad in the left side of the head.
 Nelson was arrested later. Police said an officer on the scene observed Nelson
 with  bloodshot eyes and  smelled an odor of alcohol on his breath. Nelson was
 asked if he remembered kicking Kolstad in the head and he said no.
 Nelson  appeared in court on Monday, where a judge set bail at $20,000. Nelson
 posted  bail Monday  evening and  left  Blue Earth  County Jail  with a  towel
 covering his head.
 Kolstad  was in  critical  condition  at the  Mayo  Clinic  Health System  and
 "fighting  for  his life," according to  a post on CaringBridge.com written by
 his father.
 Nelson passed for 2,179 yards and 17 touchdowns in 18 games for Minnesota over
 the past two seasons and transferred to Rutgers in January.
 The  6-foot-2, 215-pound  sophomore was  scheduled to  sit out  a year  before
 playing for Rutgers due to transfer rules.
 05/13 18:45:54 ET

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