Given the nature of the position, quarterbacks learn early the added responsibilities that go with leading a team. Whether for good or bad, the signal caller will inevitably receive more than his share of the credit when his team wins--and more than his share of the blame when it loses.
So growing up with a famous father is actually probably a good thing for a young quarterback.
Alex Mortensen (6-2, 187, 4.68) can attest to that. The son of ESPN's Chris Mortensen, Alex knows what its like to be in the limelight. Of course having thrown for 2,291 yards and 25 touchdowns against only six interceptions during his junior season in high school, Mortensen has started to garner plenty of publicity in his own right.
Like most athletes in their teens, Mortensen reached a point when started to put it all together physically. And last season competing for Fairburn, Georgia's Landmark Christian High School was Mortensen's turning point.
As a junior he gained the attention of major-college recruiters by completing 151 passes against only 241 pass attempts. That's a 63 percent completion rate.
At Sunday's NIKE Camp held on the Auburn campus, Mortensen continued to impress. His passing skills graded very high, and he also showed good touch and strength.
This past spring Mortensen and his father went on a grand tour of major college programs throughout the Southeast. Among several other schools, the pair visited two of Alabama's spring practice sessions.
Their interest was obviously sparked in part by former Tide coach Mike Price's reputation for developing quarterbacks. In fact they were impressed by the entire Price family. "I really liked the Price boys (Eric and Aaron)," Alex Mortensen said. "But whether they are there or not I'm still interested."
Of course Price and his sons have now moved on, replaced by former Tide All-America quarterback Mike Shula. But Mortensen himself pointed out that the Alabama program is bigger than any one coach. "Everything else I like about Alabama hasn't changed," Mortenson said.