As a kicker, Oklahoma’s Austin Seibert knows about not getting a lot of recognition. He’s trying to change that for one of his teammates.
Seibert is now campaigning for his holder, backup quarterback Connor McGinnis, to win the Mortell Holder of the Year Award.
— BigSeib43 (@austinseibert1) October 17, 2017
It’s a nice gesture by Seibert to appreciate McGinnis, who definitely won’t be grabbing any headlines this season.
The Mortell Award was created in 2015 by former Minnesota punter Peter Mortell, who then gave award to himself. Really. Jokes aside, the award actually does some good through the HOTY (Holder of the Year) Foundation.
As the inaugral winner, Peter raised approximently $30,000 for the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital.Today, the Mortell HOTY Award and tradition lives on in the same spirit of charity through the HOTY Foundation. Each year’s finalists and winner is selected by the Foundation. For the winner, the Foundation is set up to help raise money for a charity of his choosing.
Seibert has been solid for Oklahoma this season, thanks in part to McGinnis. Seibert is 33-of-33 on extra points and 5-of-7 on field goals. McGinnis has been the holder for the Sooners in every game since the start of the 2016 season.