By TOM LEA
MADISON - Minnesota head coach Jerry Kill is pulling a last minute audible.
Instead of starting Max Shortell at quarterback Saturday afternoon he has decided to give highly touted true freshman Phillip Nelson a crack at the Badgers, according to a report in the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
Nelson, who was heavily recruited by Wisconsin, lived in Madison at one point and even held Paul Bunyan's Axe during a recruiting visit at Camp Randall, will be the Gophers third different starting quarterback in 2012.
Marqueis Gray, Minnesota's talented and multi-dimensional quarterback, has only started three games at the position this season. According to the report Gray will only play receiver if he plays at all against the Badgers.
The Gophers have lost eight straight to the Badgers in the series, dating back to 2004.
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