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Freshman QB Philip Nelson starts

Updated: October 20, 2012, 2:27 PM ET
By Adam Rittenberg | ESPN.com

Minnesota started true freshman Philip Nelson at quarterback on Saturday against Wisconsin.

Minnesota had hoped to redshirt Nelson this season, but top quarterback MarQueis Gray has missed time with knee and ankle injuries, aggravating the latter in last week's loss to Northwestern.

Backup quarterback Max Shortell has struggled in Big Ten games, completing 29-of-52 passes for 300 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions.

Minnesota released its depth chart Friday, ...

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