2018 Pete Mortell Award


The Peter Mortell Holder of the Year Award (or HOTY) started as a tongue-in-cheek, informal award given to the top holder in college football in the United States.

The Mortell HOTY Award was created in 2015 by its first recipient, Peter Mortell, a punter in his senior year at the University of Minnesota. 

For the winner, the Foundation helps raise money for a charity of his choosing.  As the inaugural recipient, Mortell raised approximately $30,000 for the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital.

Who Votes?

Each year’s finalists and winner are selected by the HOTY Foundation.




ORLANDO (UCFKnights.com) – Among the many honors handed out at Thursday night’s College Football Awards Show on ESPN (Dec 6) was the fourth annual Mortell Holder of the Year Award, and this year’s winner was UCF’s Mac Loudermilk.

“I just want to thank Peter Mortell for this awesome opportunity to be the holder of the year,” Loudermilk said in a video played at the awards show. “Thank you to my teammates for scoring points and thank you to the guys that make this happen every weekend, my snapper Caleb Perez and the all-time points leader at UCF, Matt Wright. Thanks Mom and Dad for these awesome hands. Go Knights and Charge On.”

The HOTY Foundation is a platform to recognize and appreciate those who show both excellence on the college football field and outstanding community involvement. Holding has been a thankless job for too long, the Foundation is a way to now say Thank You in a big way.

Loudermilk plans to work with St. Jude Children’s Hospital as his charity of choice.

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