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Arizona’s Jake Glatting named nation’s Holder of the Week

Glatting ran for a first down in the Wildcats’ win at Oregon State

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Arizona Wildcats redshirt senior Jake Glatting earned the Mortell Award in Week 4, honoring the nation’s best holder of the week, it was announced Wednesday.

Glatting was 5-for-5 on holds and, of course, had an eight-yard first-down run on a fake field goal in the second quarter of Arizona’s win at Oregon State.

“If you watch the film from either end zone, there’s a huge gap,” Glatting said. “A few years ago with that quarterback instinct still at its peak in high school, I might have seen that hole a little sooner. But I’m not quite as fast as I used to be and don’t have that intuition like I used to. I got enough for the first down. That was really my goal.”

The Mortell Award is semi tongue-in-cheek. It was created in 2015 by Peter Mortell, a former punter and holder at Minnesota.

The annual winner of the Mortell Award gets a foundation set up to raise money for a charity of the winner’s choosing. Garrett Moores (Michigan) and Connor McGinnis (Oklahoma) are the other two winners along with Mortell himself.