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Minnesota punter creates his own postseason award

What to do when the Big Ten end-of-season awards don't quite shake out in your favor? Why not make up one of your own?

Minnesota punter Peter Mortell had a strong final season with the Gophers, averaging 43.1 yards per punt. He had 20 kicks that traveled at least 50 yards and only two touchbacks. Mortell finished third in all-conference voting among coaches and media behind Nebraska punter Sam Foltz and Ohio State's Cameron Johnston. But Mortell decided he wasn't leaving Minneapolis without a little bit of hardware, so he invented the holder of the year award.

The Big Ten added a punt returner of the year accolade this season, so it only makes sense that they recognize another often overlooked specialist. Minnesota made 15 of its 19 field goal attempts this season, and anyone who will put their pointer finger in harm's way with 6-foot-6, 250-pound placekicker Ryan Santoso bearing down on him is deserving of some type of recognition. So congratulations, and remember: laces out, Mortell.