Rutgers transfer quarterback Philip Nelson has been jailed following an altercation in Mankato, Minnesota that sent a former Minnesota State player to the hospital in critical condition.


Philip Nelson after being booked (Blue Earth County Jail)

A police statement says officers came across 24-year-old Isaac Kolstad, of Mankato, while patrolling the city's entertainment district around 2 a.m. It says the 20-year-old Nelson was arrested at the scene and taken to the Blue Earth County jail.

An indoor candlelight vigil was held for the 20-year-old at the MSU Mankato football field on Sunday night attended by over 200 people, including many members of the Golden Gopher football team according to the Star-Tribune.  "We're all going through it together, "  MSU Mankato Athletic Director told KSTP TV. "Maverick football is part of Isaac, and Isaac is a part of  Maverick football."

Police are looking for a second suspect. City spokeswoman Shelly Schulz says it's an ongoing investigation and more information will be released as it becomes available. The Star-Tribune reports Nelson's name was mentioned in dispatch recordings.

Vigil held in Minnesota for Issac Kolstad (@StomperMaverkck via Twitter)

Nelson left the Gophers football team in January to transfer to Rutgers. reports he participated in spring practice but NCAA transfer rules would keep him on the bench for the 2014 season. He was a star at Mankato West High School, where he was Minnesota's Mr. Football in 2011. Kolstad attended rival Mankato East according to KTSP TV.

Rutgers Senior Associate Athletic Director and Communications Director Jason Baum in a statement said, “We are in the process of gathering information on the situation and reserve comment until the legal process is complete."


The Associated Press contributed to this report