As Northwest Arkansas high school quarterbacks like Mitch Mustain, Kodi Burns, Kiehl Frazier, Brandon Allen and Austin Allen have signed to play at the collegiate level in the past few years, the Northwest Arkansas Passing Academy 2013 provided players with guidance to follow those footsteps.
Alex Mortensen put the camp together and coached campers alongside fellow former college quarterbacks including Zak Clark, Dowell Loggains, Casey Dick, Clint Stoerner, Joe Ferguson and Jared McBride. Mortensen said guys with that kind of experience have a lot to offer to high school players pursuing collegiate careers as well.
"The camp can be helpful for these guys because we have a lot of guys on our staff who have some level of NFL experience, or extensive Division I experience and I think in any profession, it's always beneficial to learn from the guys that came before you," Mortensen said. "You can learn from their successes, their mistakes or their failures because they can give you little tips and sometimes the smallest tip is something that can really stay with a kid and it really helps them."
The one-time Arkansas quarterback at the camp with perhaps the least playing experience at the collegiate level brought the most NFL coaching experience to the camp. Loggains, who was listed at 5-foot-5, 165 pounds in his time on the Razorbacks' roster, took over as the Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator near the end of last season. The promotion made him the youngest in the NFL at that coaching position.
Loggains, 32, was a holder and a reserve quarterback at Arkansas, completing the only pass he threw in his collegiate career. After his final season at Arkansas, he spent a year on the Dallas Cowboys coaching staff before making his way to Tennessee. He is in his eighth season with the Titans organization.
"It's been an exciting path so far," Loggains said. "I look forward to calling the plays this year, running the offense and having a full offense and installing everything and doing it the way we want to do it. So I've been excited about that. I've been very blessed to this point, moving as quickly in my career as I have."
Even though Loggains was undersized as a football player, he said one specific personal trait has allowed him to move up the coaching ladder quickly.
"It's just about work ethic," he said. "I think that, like someone asked yesterday ‘how did it happen so fast for you?' I think that I outworked most people. I have a passion for football and I have never hid my goals that I want to coach and coach at a very high level."
Loggains said one of the best parts about working in Nashville, Tenn., is being close to the state of Arkansas. He also said he hopes his future includes a more permanent return to his college town than a trip to the Northwest Arkansas Passing Academy, which he has coached the last two years.
"Growing up, I knew I wanted to coach at a very young age, I knew I wanted to go to the University of Arkansas and my goal was and still is that I would like to come back and be the head coach at the University of Arkansas.
"I knew I needed to walk on and be a part of that. I thought being a Razorback would help me in that process and I never imagined that those five years were going to be what they were. To play in 50 games and get to do the things I was going to get to do being a walk-on. Everything goes back to Fayetteville and the University."
Loggains shares NFL coaching experience
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