Quarterback Performance Technologies and Minnesota Preps are pleased to announce senior Philip Nelson as the winner of the first annual Quarterback of the Year Award. Philip had an outstanding, record-setting season for Mankato West High School and stood out in a class of very talented quarterbacks in the state of Minnesota.
Nelson led his team to an undefeated regular season and finished the year 11-1, making it to the semi-finals of the state playoffs. He set single-season school records for passing completions (174), passing touchdowns (35), and passing yards (2,784). He also set the all-time state record for touchdowns in a season in 2011 with 55 total touchdowns, 35 passing and 20 rushing. 2011 capped off an illustrious career with the Scarlets. Most impressive, perhaps, is that Nelson shattered the state record for career total touchdowns with 135. He also finished second in the state for career passing yards with 7561, and 3rd in passing touchdowns with 94.
Among his many honors this season, Nelson was named Gatorade Player of the Year in Minnesota and was selected to play in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl, a national high school all-star game in Phoenix, Arizona on January 3. As a Minnesota commit, Nelson graduated early from Mankato West High School in order to join the Gophers for spring practice and has an opportunity to compete for the quarterback job as a freshman.
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Special thanks to Mike Much and www.MinnesotaPreps.com, and Rick Saf and www.photoballguy.com for their involvement.