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Nelson Further Along Than Expected

Nick Nelson goes into Saturday's spring scrimmage slightly behind Cody Hawkins in the competition for the 2007 starting quarterback. But Nelson, who transferred just prior to this semester from Saddleback Community College, is further along than his coach, Mark Helfrich, expected him to be.

Both Cody Hawkins and Nick Nelson are battling through some "camp arm" after taking the majority of reps at quarterback during the past 14 spring practices. (The third quarterback coming in to spring, Bernard Jackson, has shifted into a "slash" role, where he's moving back and forth between skill positions on the offense). Add to that the fact that both Hawkins and Nelson are the type of guys who...

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