The Gophers had planned to redshirt Nelson this season. But after MarQueis Gray injured his ankle and the offense stalled a bit under Max Shortell, those plans changed quickly.
“We were missing something,” Minnesota offensive coordinator Matt Limegrover told ESPN.com. “We’re not good enough right now as an offense, particularly up front, to say ‘OK, we’re going to have a quarterback manage the game and not ask him to do anything with his legs, and we’re just going to mash people.
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