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Mitchell's Nelson improving on camp circuit

Mitchell's Kiel Nelson throws the ball during a drill on Tuesday morning as part of Dakota Wesleyan University's 11-man team camp at DWU's practice field in Mitchell. (Matt Gade / Republic)

Kiel Nelson's summer to this point has been full of football.

The Mitchell High School junior quarterback capped off a string of six different football camps on Tuesday at the final day of Dakota Wesleyan University's team camp. So far this summer, Nelson had participated in various camps at Iowa State University, University of North Dakota, North Dakota State University, South Dakota State University, DWU and a team camp in Madison.

At the NDSU individual camp, which concluded on Sunday, Nelson was named one of the camp's top-eight quarterbacks.

"It's gone pretty good," Nelson said about his busy summer, adding most of the camps have been individual or "prospect" camps, where college coaches come watch the players perform. "You go and you play. It's not necessarily learning stuff."

After taking over as the starting quarterback for the Kernels last year in the second game, Nelson compiled a record of 11-0. Nelson had one of his strongest performances in the Class 11AA state championship game against Harrisburg, where he totalled 128 rushing yards, including a tile game record 90-yard scamper, along with a 28-yard touchdown pass.

After two-days of playing with a majority of the MHS football team at the DWU team camp, Nelson said he's excited for the season.

"That was fun," Nelson said. "We got to scrimmage some other teams and see where we were as a team. Our defense looked good and that'll be our strongest part of the ball."

Nelson finished his sophomore season completing 23-of-51 passes for 579 yards, 10 touchdowns and six interceptions. He added the varsity experience he gained as a sophomore should give him a headstart for the 2017 season.

"We have plenty of work to do on offense, but it's all a work in progress," Nelson said. "We are just starting with a new team."

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