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Updated: November 11th, 2013 11:41am
Gophers punter repeats as Big Ten's Special Teams Player of the Week

Gophers punter repeats as Big Ten's Special Teams Player of the Week

by Derek Wetmore
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If you're a Gophers fan and into punts and playing the field position game, Saturday's win against Penn State was a thing of beauty.

In recognition of a rock solid game, the Big Ten named Gophers punter Peter Mortell the Special Teams Player of the Week, his second consecutive award.

The redshirt sophomore pinned the Nittany Lions inside the 3-yard line twice and averaged 46 yards in his four punts Saturday.

From the release announcing the award:

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.

Derek Wetmore is the senior editor for His previous stops include and the Minnesota Daily.
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