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Continued: Gophers punter Mortell keeps it light, booms it long

  • Article by: JOE CHRISTENSEN , Star Tribune
  • Last update: April 11, 2014 - 7:48 AM

On Jan. 15, Kill summoned Mortell into his office. The coach commended the junior on the job he’d done on and off the field. A marketing major, Mortell had earned Academic All-Big Ten honors, too. Kill told him he’d earned a scholarship.

Mortell said calling his parents and telling them the news made it “the best day of my life.”

“He’s what coaching’s all about; that’s who I was,” Kill said, referring to his walk-on days. “That’s a good moment, a defining moment for him, and he earned it.”

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  • Peter Mortell’s punting average of 43.3 yards last season was third-best in the Big Ten and third-best in Gophers history, helping him earn a scholarship in January.

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    Admission: Free

    TV/radio: Live on 100.3-FM, and streamed on BTN2GO.com. Replayed on Big Ten Network at 5:30 p.m.

    Format: Coach Jerry Kill said he is leaning toward holding a controlled scrimmage — offense vs. defense — instead of dividing the team into two separate rosters.

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