Big Ten names Gophers' quarterback, punter conference players of week
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The Big Ten named Gophers quarterback Philip Nelson and punter Peter Mortell players of the week for their performance against Indiana.
Nelson was named Co-Offensive Player of the Week and Mortell earned Special Teams Player of the Week following the Gophers' 42-39 win over the Hoosiers.
From the team's website:
Nelson ... set career marks in completions (16), yards (298) and touchdowns (4) as the Gophers moved to 7-2 overall and 3-2 in the Big Ten.
Nelson's 298 passing yards were the most by a Gopher quarterback since Adam Weber went for 299 yards against Penn State in 2010.
Mortell punted five times for 215 yards as he helped keep the potent Indiana offense at bay. His longest punt on the day was 52 yards and he also had one touchback and placed two more punts inside the 20-yard line.
Nelson is the first Gopher to be named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week since Adam Weber was honored on Nov. 1, 2009. Mortell is the third Gopher this year to be honored as the Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week, joining Chris Hawthorne (10/28/13) and Marcus Jones (9/9/13).