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East Carolina QB Embraces A New Start

GREENVILLE, N.C. — Quarterback Philip Nelson is out to make the most of his chance at East Carolina.

The 22-year-old former starter at Minnesota looks to redeem himself with the Pirates, more than two years after he was involved in a nightclub fight that left a former college football player with a serious brain injury and led to his dismissal from Rutgers without playing a regular-season game.

Nelson declined to discuss the specifics of his case because of a pending civil suit. He said Saturday that he's grateful for another chance and wants to focus on the future.

Going through it "has completely made me a better person, and I'm happy with where I am as a...

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