Alex Mortensen
Current position
TitleOffensive coordinator
TeamUAB Blazers
ConferenceThe American
Biographical details
Born (1985-11-24) November 24, 1985 (age 38)
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Alma materUniversity of Arkansas
Playing career
2009Tennessee Titans[a]
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
2012New Mexico Highlands (QB)
2013St. Louis Rams (AC)
2014–2016Alabama (GA)
2017–2019Alabama (Analyst)
2019Birmingham Iron (WR)
2020–2022Alabama (Analyst)
2023–presentUAB (OC)
Accomplishments and honors

Alexander Christian Mortensen (born November 24, 1985) is an American football coach and former player. He played college football as a quarterback for the Arkansas Razorbacks and the Samford Bulldogs. He was signed by the Tennessee Titans as an undrafted free agent in 2009.

High school career

Mortensen attended Landmark Christian School in Atlanta, Georgia. He was named the 2003 Atlanta Journal-Constitution Class-A Offensive Player of the Year at Landmark Christian. As a senior, he completed 159-of-269 passes for 2,565 yards and 29 touchdowns, was named first-team all-state by the Associated Press and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and was a three-time all-state selection. The team posted a record of 29–7 over his last three seasons. He was also selected to the Tom Lemming's Prep Football Report All-America squad, which ranked him as the No. 25 overall quarterback in the country and the No. 1 quarterback in Georgia and was rated as the No. 29 pro-style quarterback in the nation by[1] He received the Headmaster's Award for student leadership in high school.[2]

College career

Mortensen began his college career at Arkansas before transferring to Samford, then returning to Arkansas to finish. Mortensen's cumulative stats in college were 40-84 for 372 yards, four touchdowns and four interceptions.

In 2005, Mortensen announced: "On Friday, I had a bittersweet meeting with Coach Nutt when I told him that I would be leaving the University of Arkansas and that I will transfer to Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, beginning this fall of 2006."[3]

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press Wonderlic
6 ft 2 in
(1.88 m)
222 lb
(101 kg)
4.82 s 1.64 s 2.75 s -- s -- s 33+12 in
(0.85 m)
9 ft 7 in
(2.92 m)
21 reps --
All values from Arkansas Razorbacks pro day.[4]

Tennessee Titans

After going undrafted in the 2009 NFL Draft, Mortensen was signed by the Tennessee Titans as an undrafted free agent. He played an offensive series in the Hall of Fame Game against the Buffalo Bills on August 9, completeling 1-of-2 with an interception returned for a touchdown by Bills cornerback Reggie Corner. Two days later, the Titans waived Mortensen.

Coaching career

In 2012, Mortensen joined New Mexico Highlands University as their passing game coordinator.[5] He then spent 2013 as a coaching assistant with the St. Louis Rams. In 2014, he joined the Alabama Crimson Tide as an offensive graduate assistant.[6]

In 2018, Mortensen became the wide receivers coach for the Birmingham Iron of the Alliance of American Football.[7]

Mortensen was named offensive coordinator of the UAB Blazers by head coach Trent Dilfer on December 2, 2022. [8]

Personal life

Mortensen is the son of late ESPN NFL analyst Chris Mortensen and Micki Mortensen.[2]

Notes and references

  1. ^ Offseason and/or practice squad member only
  1. ^ "Alex Mortensen". Archived from the original on October 31, 2014. Retrieved April 26, 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Player Bio: Alex Mortensen :: Football". Archived from the original on November 3, 2006. Retrieved June 20, 2009.
  3. ^ Focil, Andres (November 7, 2014). "Alex Mortensen Statement". Retrieved April 26, 2018.
  4. ^ "Alex Mortensen, DS #999 QB, Samford". Retrieved April 26, 2018.
  5. ^ Henry, Clay (May 2, 2013). "COMMENTARY:Mortensen assembles all-star cast for passing academy". Retrieved April 26, 2018.
  6. ^ Casagrande, Michael (February 18, 2014). "Alex Mortensen, son of ESPN's Chris Mortensen, to join Alabama staff (report)". Retrieved April 26, 2018.
  7. ^ Inabinett, Mark (December 10, 2018). "Birmingham Iron names defensive coordinator, 3 more assistants". The Birmingham News. Retrieved January 8, 2019.
  8. ^ Dodd, Dennis (December 2, 2022). "UAB hires Alex Mortensen, son of NFL analyst Chris Mortensen, as Blazers offensive coordinator". CBS Sports. Retrieved December 2, 2022.