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Minnesota quarterback Philip Nelson looks for a receiver n the first quarter, as the University of Minnesota plays the University of Iowa at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on Saturday, September 28, 2013. ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS/Scott Takushi

Ex-Gophers QB Nelson held in assault; alleged

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MANKATO, Minn. -- Two hours after he was arrested in Mankato, former University of Minnesota quarterback Philip Nelson told police he didn’t remember kicking a defenseless Isaac Kolstad in the head after Kolstad had been knocked out by another man.

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The kick, caught on surveillance cameras in the downtown bar district, might have fractured Kolstad’s skull and left him “fighting for his life” at the Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato.

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