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 the last three seasons and has punted 162 times for 7,158 yards • career average of 44.2 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 46 career punts that have traveled 50 yards or more and five punts that have gone at least 60 yards • has placed 58 career punts inside the 20-yard line • career long of 65 yards against Northwestern this season (tied for the seventh longest in team history) • previous high of 64 yards (tied for 11th 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.
2015 • SENIOR SEASON: Punted seven times against TCU and averaged 45.4 yards per punt, including two punts that traveled 58 and 52 yards, respectively • averaged 47.2 yards on nine punts at Colorado State, including five that traveled over 50 yards and one that was downed inside the 20-yard line • totaled seven punts that averaged 41.9 yards per punt with five downed inside the 20-yard line versus Kent State • pinned the opposition inside in the 20-yard line in two of three punts against Ohio • punted seven times for 299 total yards, including a new career-high 65 yarder and three boots that were downed inside the 20-yard line, at Northwestern.
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.