Background information and accomplishments of the previous Holder of the Year Award winners.
The 2019 HOTY Award winner is Preston Brady. Preston, from Cordova, Tennessee, was named the 5th Annual Mortell HOTY on December 12th, 2019. Preston received the award over finalists Cole Murphy of Rutgers University and previous recipient Connor McGinnis. Brady contributed to the Tiger’s historic season in a multitude of ways. The redshirt sophomore held for 25 field goals, converting 23 of them. In addition, Brady held for 66 extra points, converting all except one. In addition, Brady ran in a two point conversion and also recovered an onside kick. If that wasn’t enough, Brady also contributed on the punt team, serving as the team’s longsnapper. No holder in America was as versatile as Preston Brady was for the Tigers. Throughout his time at Memphis, Brady has formed friendships with patients at St. Jude Children’s hospital and has decided to partner with them to raise money for patients undergoing treatment. Congratulations Preston for becoming the 5th Annual recipient of the Mortell HOTY Award!
The 2018 HOTY Award winner is Mac Loudermilk. Mac, a native of Valdosta, Georgia was named the 4th Annual Mortell HOTY on December 7th, 2018. Mac edged out previous award winner Connor McGinnis of Oklahoma along with DJ Nelson of Utah State. In addition to his flawless execution on the field goal unit, Mac was a force as the team’s punter. He currently ranks 7th in program history with a total of 107 punts, and 3rd in career average of 43.4 yards per punt. Throughout his time at UCF, the Golden Knights consistently ranked amongst the top in the NCAA for points scored. Loudermilk had 88 holds his Senior season, and 86 of those attempts were successful, the highest percentage in the NCAA. Touted for his celebrations and his signature long hair, upon receiving the award Mac partnered with the Locs of Love, Inc. In addition to all of the money he raised, Mac donated his own hair with the hopes of helping others how may not have the ability to grow their own. Congratulations Mac on all of your successes both on and off the field!
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.