Background information and accomplishments of the previous Holder of the Year Award winners.
2018 Mortell HOTY Award winner information for Mac Loudermilk
The 2017 Mortell HOTY Award winner is Connor McGinnis from the University of Oklahoma. Connor was a perfect 93/93 on holds throughout the Sooners’ historic regular season. In addition to his on field success, McGinnis found accomplishments in the classroom as well. The redshirt sophomore was one of eight Big 12 football student-athletes to maintain a 4.0 GPA. This feat earned McGinnis Academic All Big 12 both in 2016 and 2017.
Connor is pursuing a degree in entrepreneurship and venture management with a minor in finance. He attended Heritage Hill High School and is from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
The 2016 Mortell HOTY Award winner is Garrett Moores from the University of Michigan. Garrett was a perfect 82 / 82 on his placeholding (62 XP, 20 FG). In addition, Moores successfully converted a two-point conversion by rushing for the score vs Rutgers in what proved to be his signature Mortell HOTY Award moment.
Moores is a Northville, Michigan native, and he is a two-time U-M Athletic Academic Achievement winner. In 2016, he earned All-Academic Big 10 Honors. Moores is currently enrolled in the College of Literature, Science, and The Arts, and is a major in Political Science.
Garrett is partnering with the VA in Ann Arbor.
The 2015 Mortell HOTY Award winner was Peter Mortell from the University of Minnesota. The inaugural winner and creator of the award was a perfect 50 / 50 on holds, including a signature hold on a GW 17 yard field goal vs Colorado State on 9/12/2015. Raised in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Peter attended Notre Dame Academy where he led the Tritons to a 5-5 record his senior year.
Mortell spent the 2016 preseason with the Green Bay Packers averaging over 45 yards per punt on 9 attempts, and he was a perfect 4 / 4 on field goal holds. After receiving the award, Mortell partnered with the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital where he raised approximately $30,000 for Christmas gifts to teenage patients.