Arkansas QB Mortensen to tranfer to Georgia Southern

Updated: January 10, 2006, 8:34 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Ending speculation about where he would play next season, Arkansas quarterback Alex Mortensen's father, ESPN football analyst Chris Mortensen, says his son will transfer to Georgia Southern.

Mortensen, a redshirt freshman, played in four games for the Razorbacks last season, coming off the bench in each of them. He finished the year behind Casey Dick and Robert Johnson on the depth chart. Mortensen chose the school over Louisville and over remaining at Arkansas, which asked him to stay.

"I wish Alex nothing but the best," Arkansas coach Houston Nutt said. "He's a fine young man with great character. I hope things work out well for him at Georgia Southern."

Nutt released Mortensen from his scholarship in December so the quarterback could look around. The coach had said he understood Mortensen was looking for more playing time. By transferring NCAA Division I-AA Georgia Southern in Statesboro, Ga., Mortensen gains immediate eligibility and can play for three seasons.

If Mortensen transferred to another NCAA Division I-A school he would have had to redshirt again and had only two years of eligibility.

Mortensen was recruited by Georgia Southern coach Brian VanGorder. The Eagles finished 2005 with an 8-4. Mortensen played high school football in suburban Atlanta.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.