They are two of the toughest second-row forwards in the NRL, and they are also two of 208 NRL players who are enrolled in university this year.
William Zillman's 150th NRL game stemmed from humble beginnings and endured career-threatening injuries.
This game represents short-term salvation to two teams who have just three wins in their past 18 matches between them.
Titans coach Neil Henry wants debutant Kane Elgey to focus on his defence ahead of his NRL debut against the Sharks in Round 4.
Picking up a wrist injury, Mortimer played through the pain in the Titans' Round 3 loss to the Knights.
Sharks five-eighth Ben Barba has taken the early guilty plea on two match review committee charges coming out of the game against the Melbourne Storm.
Titans five-eighth Aidan Sezer has leapt to the defence of halves partner Daniel Mortimer after his mixed night against Newcastle on Sunday.
The major talking points as the Knights come from behind to win for the third straight week and the Titans welcome back three key players to the fold.
Titans fullback Josh Hoffman has praised the manner in which his cousin Dane Gagai has rejoined the Origin conversation.
Daniel Mortimer hopes the inclusion of Dave Taylor will turn things around for the Titans' porous right-edge defence.