2010-02-11 / Sports

Mortensen Signs National Letter of Intent for NMU

By David Latva

Gerrit Mortensen (center) signs his National Letter of Intent to play and study at Northern Michigan University Wednesday, February 3. Standing is Saints Head Coach Marty Spencer (center) and Mortensen’s parents, Pam and Matt Mortensen. Gerrit Mortensen (center) signs his National Letter of Intent to play and study at Northern Michigan University Wednesday, February 3. Standing is Saints Head Coach Marty Spencer (center) and Mortensen’s parents, Pam and Matt Mortensen. LaSalle High School senior Gerrit Mortensen signed his National Letter of Intent to study and play football at Northern Michigan University during the first day of signing Wednesday, February 3.

"We are excited about signing Gerrit," said NMU Head Coach Bernie Anderson. "We want to keep Upper Peninsula players in the U.P. and we feel we have an outstanding player and student."

Coach Anderson plans to redshirt Mortensen for his freshman year.

"We redshirt 28 out of 30 incoming freshmen. Not many athletes play as a true freshman. During his redshirt year, Gerrit will develop and become a better Division 2 athlete."

Mortensen guided the Saints to three consecutive playoff appearances during his sophomore, junior, and senior years and three victories in Division 8 competition.

The NMU Wildcats are getting three potential positions in one player, as Mortensen had standout careers as a quarterback, kicker, and punter.

"Gerrit is a quality young man with strong character along with [being] a standout athlete," said Saints Coach Marty Spencer. "He is the best athlete to play quarterback at LaSalle High School in many years."

The two-time All-State, Upper Peninsula, Conference, and Area and three time All-Conference and All-Area quarterback completed 281 of 481 passes for 4,284 yards with 47 touchdowns. He had eight two-point conversions and rushed for 900 yards on 187 carries, 13 touchdowns, and two two-point conversions.

Mortensen kicked 48 extra points, and set school records with eight field goals made and a 45- yard field goal. He also punted 52 times for 2,056 for an average of 39.53.

At the school, Mortensen will join former LaSalle High School graduate Zach Pierson, who has two years of eligibility remaining at NMU.

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