Mortensen Doesn't Fight Urge To Return

FAYETTEVILLE -- When the thought of coming back to the Arkansas football program kept entering his mind this summer, Alex Mortensen wrestled with the notion. When the thought woke him in the middle of the night, Mortensen decided he better give in to the idea.



The former Razorbacks quarterback became a current Razorback again Tuesday. He ran the scout team offense and afterward discussed his decision to leave Samford and return to Fayetteville.

"I woke up last Wednesday morning, at about four in the morning, saying, 'Gosh, I want to be part of the Razorback family again,'" Mortensen said. "So, I just couldn't fight this anymore."

Mortensen, who transferred away from Arkansas last summer, will sit out this season and become eligible next year for his senior season. Right now, he isn't concerned with that.

He's worried about his efforts to give Arkansas' starting defense a stiff challenge on a daily basis.

"We're glad to have him back," Arkansas coach Houston Nutt said. "He's a great person of character. ... He helped us today. We're glad he's back in the family."



Race For No. 2

Arkansas' quarterbacks are going to be off-limits to the media all week. Since they've been told the order of the depth chart at their position, the only way that information will go public is if the Razorbacks coaching staff decides to let it out.

Nutt said he wanted to "wait a day" to say anything about it. Arkansas offensive coordinator David Lee expanded a bit more on the subject. Lee said that true freshman Nathan Dick would run plays with the No. 2 offense this week, but that his time as the backup was more of a weeklong audition.

"We have now inserted Nathan second this week -- and I think that is a point of emphasis -- for this week to see how he does with recieving the signal, delivering the signal clearly to the other 10 players in the huddle, being aware of the 25-second clock before he goes off, getting the snap," Lee said.

"The guy has been in the shotgun all his life so it is brand new for him under center."



Hillis Returns

Sweat poured off the face of running back Peyton Hillis as he walked back toward Reynolds Razorback Stadium. He had just finished a bunch of conditioning runs, but he also admitted to feeling "a bit out of shape."

Hillis, Nutt and Lee all agreed that the senior looked to be practicing at full strength after missing five practices and Saturday's scrimmage with a hamstring injury.

"I feel great. My legs feel 100 percent," Hillis said. "I got better by going to the chiropractor, stretching a lot and getting treatment."



Tejada Wins Job

Nutt announced after practice that true freshman Alex Tejada would be the Razorbacks' starting kicker and said that Jeremy Davis would concentrate solely on punting.

Davis was positive about the decision.

"I can now put all my focus into one thing," Davis said. "And Alex is a great kicker. He's going to do really well."



Extra Points

Tight end Ben Cleveland, who hasn't practiced since Aug. 9, will see a specialist Friday about his nagging neck injury. ... Center Jonathan Luigs and linebacker Mark Bonner were among five players who missed Tuesday's practice because of the flu. ... Starting offensive guard Robert Felton spent some time at center during practice and starting offensive tackle Nate Garner returned to practice (concussion). ... The football players from Harrison High took in practice from the grassy hill on the west side of Arkansas' practice field.

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