#37 Joe Mortensen

    Class: RS Sophomore
    Hometown: Oakland, Calif.
    High School: Clayton Valley HS
    Height / Weight: 6-2 / 245
    Position: Linebacker

As a redshirt freshman: Saw action in all 12 games on special teams and as a reserve linebacker ... Tallied four total tackles including three solo stops ... Recorded a career-high two tackles against Florida Atlanti.

As a freshman (2004): Redshirted ... Worked out as a member of the scout team ... Selected by the coaching staff as the scout team defensive player of the week for the KSU gam.

High School: A graduate of Clayton Valley High School in Concord, Calif. ... Was a first-team all-state selection after his senior season ... Named the Northern California Defensive MVP after collecting a school-record 171 tackles this past season ... Also earned first-team all-city (San Francisco) and first-team all-metro (Oakland) honors ... Coached by Herc Pardi ... Was named MVP of Nebraska's summer camp in 2003 and was the top linebacker prospect at the Stanford Nike camp ... Earned letters in football, track and basketball ... Broke Clayton Valley HS weightlifting records in the bench (385), power clean (330) and squat (515.

Personal: Born in San Francisco, Calif. ... Son of Tracy Mortensen ... An education majo.