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Arkansas QB Mortensen to tranfer to Georgia Southern

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.