Nov. 11, 2013
Minnesota redshirt sophomore punter Peter Mortell was named Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week after his performance against Penn State. Mortell punted four times – all in the second half – against the Nittany Lions and continually flipped field position as Minnesota won 24-10. He punted four times and averaged 46.0 yards.
Mortell, who also had a career-long 62-yard punt against Penn State, had punts downed at the 1 and 2-yard line. The one punt that was returned by Penn State went for two yards before Minnesota stopped them at the 12-yard line.
Mortell is the first Gopher to ever repeat as a Big Ten Player of the Week and he is the first player from Minnesota to be honored by the conference twice in one season since Marion Barber III in 2004 (Barber was Offensive Player of the Week on Sept. 20 and Oct. 23).
Mortell is also the sixth Gopher to be recognized by the Big Ten this year, which is the most in school history. Minnesota has five players honored in 2009 and 1999.
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