Mortensen Closing In On Decision

FAYETTEVILLE -- Alex Mortensen has three choices: Stay at Arkansas, transfer to Louisville or transfer to Georgia Southern.

Mortensen, a reserve quarterback who will be a redshirt sophomore next fall, has weighed the positives and negatives of each choice over the past month and appears to be closing in on a decision.

"All I know is it will probably be Saturday before he announces a decision," said Alex's father, Chris Mortensen, an NFL analyst for ESPN. "I think he might be a little disappointed about the progress he's made at Arkansas, but after being re-evaluated, I think he feels pretty good about himself."

The re-evaluation came after Alex Mortensen was granted permission to contact other schools from Arkansas. He sent Arkansas game and practice film, positive and negative, as well as his highlights from high school to "qualified personnel people" for feedback.

"We asked for honest evaluations and the evaluations he received back from people re-engergized him and re-engergized his confidence," Chris Mortensen said.

Arkansas has improved its standing with the recent hirings of offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn and quarterbacks coach/passing game coordinator Alex Wood. It also doesn't hurt that Hogs coach Houston Nutt spent 'three or four hours" on the phone with Alex Mortensen this week and that teammates continue to try to talk him into staying as well.

"Alex has really had an enjoyable time getting to know coach Malzahn," Chris Mortensen said. "Then hiring Alex Wood is very favorable. He's a great hire by the Razorbacks. He will help the chemistry of the staff, he really will. That's all positive.

"If Alex leaves Arkansas, it's not going to be because of coach Wood or coach Malzahn."

Louisville's history of developing quarterbacks is "tremendous," but Alex Mortensen would have to sit out next season if he transfers to another Division I school. He could play next fall if he chooses Division I-AA Georgia Southern, where Brian VanGorder, who recruited Alex Mortensen while defensive coordinator at Georgia, was named head coach last month.

Alex Mortensen graduated from Landmark Christian School in Georgia before redshirting his first season at Arkansas. He played four games this season, completing 6 of 17 passes for 63 yards, two interceptions and a touchdown.

"He has spent the last month exploring and evaluating what's best for his future and it's come down to these options," Chris Mortensen said. "Alex simply wants to get better as a young man and a student and as a quarterback. That's the bottom line and he's just trying to come to the right conclusion."

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