Minnesota hosts UNLV at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 29
Minnesota ranks second in the conference, increases total from 2011 to 2012 by 13
Minnesota improves fall Academic All-Big Ten total by 11
Postgame notes from the Gophers' 21-13 homecoming loss to Northwestern
Coach Kill addressed the Twin Cities media Wednesday afternoon, on the eve of the first 2012 spring practice.
CAREER: Served as team's primary punter in 2013 and 2014 and has punted 129 times for 5,712 yards career average of 44.3 yards currently ranks first in team history (Adam Kelly who punted from 1983-85 is second with a career average of 43.3 yards) has 36 career punts that have traveled 50 yards or more and four punts that have gone at least 60 yards has placed 46 career punts inside the 20-yard line career long of 64 yards (tied for tenth longest in team history) came in a snowstorm against Ohio State in 2014 named the 2014 Eddleman-Fields Big Ten Punter of the Year and earned All-Big Ten First Team recognition from the coaches and media.
2014 JUNIOR SEASON: Played in 13 games and handled all punting and holding duties punted 67 times for 3,025 yards (third all-time in single-season history) and led the Big Ten with an average of 45.1 yards (second all-time in team history) recorded 21 punts of 50 yards or longer and placed 25 punts inside the 20-yard line had 16 punts that were fair caught and another 12 that went for touchbacks named Eddleman-Fields Big Ten Punter of the Year and earned All-Big Ten First Team recognition from the coaches and media (first Minnesota punter to ever be recognized and first specialist since kicker Chip Lohmiller in 1986) repeated as team's Bobby Bell Award winner, which is given to the team's outstanding special teams player Academic All-Big Ten. Game-by-Game: Averaged 51.2 yards on five punts against Eastern Illinois, which included punts of 61 and 60 yards placed two punts against Eastern Illinois inside the 20 and zero of his five punts were returned (two touchbacks, two downed and one fair caught) punted five times against Middle Tennessee and averaged 42.4 yards averaged 46.6 yards on eight punts at TCU punted four times for 176 yards (44.0 average), which included two punts inside the 20-yard line and punts of 54 and 52 yards agaisnt San Jose State placed three of six punts (41.0 average) inside the 20-yard line at Michigan averaged 44.8 yards on five punts against Northwestern punted four times for an average of 47.0 yards against Purdue averaged 44.2 yards on six punts at Illinois, which included a 57-yard kick placed all three of his punts inside the 20-yard line against Iowa connected on a career-long 64-yard punt (tied for tenth longest in team history) against Ohio State while averaging 51.8 yards on five punts placed thre of four punts inside the 20 at Nebraska and had a 56-yard punt averaged 51.0 yards on seven punts at Wisconsin, which included a 59-yarder punted five times against Missouri, averaging 40.8 yards.
2013 SOPHOMORE SEASON: Played in 13 games and handled all punting and holding duties punted 62 times for 2,687 yards (tenth all-time in team history) average punt of 43.3 yards was third in the Big Ten and ranked third all-time in team history recorded 15 punts of 50 yards or more and placed 21 punts inside the 20-yard line had 12 punts fair caught, while six were touchbacks named Honorable Mention All-Big Ten by the coaches and media named Academic All-Big Ten. Game-by-Game: Averaged 38.3 yards on three punts against UNLV averaged 42.7 yards on three punts punted five times, averaging 45.4 yards against Western Illinois averaged 42.3 yards on three punts against San Jose State punted seven times for an average of 46.6 yards against Iowa booted a 58-yard punt against Iowa, where he also placed two punts inside the 20 punted three times at Michigan, averaging 38.3 yards-per-punt averaged 44.7 yards on seven punts at Northwestern, which included a 57-yard punt punted five times and averaged 35.0 yards against Nebraska connected on a 52-yard punt while averaging 43.0 yards on five punts at Indiana averaged 46.0 yards on three punts against Penn State placed three punts inside the 20 against Penn State and connected on a 62-yarder punted six times for a 40.0 yard average against Wisconsin, while also booting a 59-yarder had a 56-yard punt, while averaging 47.2 yards on five punts at Michigan State made one tackle and averaged 47.7 yards on six punts against Syracuse, while also recording a 57-yard punt.
2012 FRESHMAN SEASON: Appeared in two games, participating in two fake field goal attempts from the holder position rushed for 7 yards on an attempted fake field goal vs. Northwestern completed a 5-yard pass on an attempted fake field goal vs. Michigan named Academic All-Big Ten.
HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Notre Dame Academy ranked as the No. 8 punter in the nation by Kohl's Professional Kicking & Punting Camps earned first-team all-state honors from the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association named a finalist for the Kevin Stemke Award as the state's top senior kicker or punter first-team all-conference selection averaged 44.8 yards per punt as a senior second-team all-conference selection at wide receiver, after hauling in 22 receptions for 343 yards and eight scores earned honorable mention all-conference honors at defensive back, after tallying two interceptions coached by John Nowak.
PERSONAL: Born Dec. 29, 1992 son of Jerry and Ellen Mortell has already graduated with a degree in marketing from Minnesota's Carlson School of Management working on his master's degree in applied kinesiology.