Nate Costa

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Nate Costa
Oregon DucksNo. 7
Quarterback 2011
Major: Sociology
Date of birth: (1988-05-15) May 15, 1988 (age 26)
Place of birth: Turlock, California
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) Weight: 210 lb (95 kg)
Career history
High school: Hilmar High School
 College(s):
Career highlights and awards
Stats at ESPN.com

Nathaniel William "Nate" Costa (born May 15, 1988) is a former American football player. He played quarterback at the University of Oregon from 2006 to 2010 and was a team captain of the 2010 Oregon Ducks football team.

Early years[edit]

Born in 1988 in Turlock, California just south of Modesto, Costa grew up in nearby Hilmar, California. He attended Hilmar High School, where he played quarterback for the football team. As a junior, he gained 2,200 yards and 24 touchdowns through the air while rushing for 700 yards and six touchdowns.[1] In his senior year, Costa threw for 2,252 yards and 15 touchdowns, and rushed for 1,709 yards and 18 touchdowns, for a total of 33 touchdowns and 3,961 yards of total offense. He received all-state honors for three consecutive years, and as a senior was selected as the Central Valley player of the year.[2]

Costa was rated by rivals.com as the No. 19 dual-threat quarterback in the country in the recruiting class of 2006.[3] He received scholarship offers from the University of Oregon, University of Utah, and Boise State University.[1] He was also recruited by, and made campus visits to, the University of Iowa and Northwestern University.[4][5] Costa gave his oral commitment to Oregon in August 2005, before the start of his senior season.[6]

University of Oregon[edit]

Costa enrolled at the University of Oregon in 2006 and played for the Oregon Ducks football team from 2006 to 2010. As a true freshman in 2006, he appeared in games against Portland State and USC. He completed all three of his pass attempts against Portland State for 51 yards. Against USC, he completed two passes in two attempts for 22 yards and also rushed for 39 yards on seven carries.[2]

As a sophomore in 2007, Costa suffered a tear to knee ligaments and did not see action as a redshirt. In 2008, Costa was named the Ducks' starting quarterback in the preseason. However, he sustained torn knee ligaments two weeks before the season opener. He underwent the second knee surgery of his college career in the fall of 2008.[2][7][8]

Costa returned from the injuries and became a key player on Oregon's 2009 and 2010 Pac-10 Conference championship teams.[9][10][11][12][13][14][15][16][17][18] He also played a pivotal role in helping the Oregon Ducks reach the Rose Bowl in 2010. During his time at Oregon, he suffered multiple knee injuries which hindered his development as a player. He is well known by the national media as a player who refused to give up on his dream and battled back from injury multiple times.[19][20][21][22] In 2009 and 2010, he was elected to the Pac-10 All-Academic team. In 2010 he was chosen as a recipient for the Wil Gonyea Award for the Most Inspirational Player on the team.[2][10][23][24]

Costa's playing career came to an end in November 2010 when he suffered a knee injury upon being tackled in the third quarter of a 53–16 home win over Washington.[25][26][27][28][29] Despite the injury, Costa suited up for and hoped to play in the 2011 BCS National Championship Game.[30][31][32] Prior to the game, Oregon coach Chip Kelly noted:

"Nate was one of the real leaders of our football team ... He has been rehabbing just like he has done everything in his life, full speed. He is just a great role model for all of our players. ... To have three (ACL injuries), I don't know who would bounce back from that. ... He is a great person where I can point to some young people in our teams that may be down in the dumps or have a sniffle and say, hey, look at him, look how he approaches life. He has been fantastic. We are here because of our leadership, and Nate's one of our best leaders."[30]

When Costa took the field in practice prior to the national championship game, his appearance resulted in the first loud ovation from Oregon fans. Although he did not play in the game, Costa said, "Just having the opportunity to be with those guys one last time made everything worth it. It's so tough saying goodbye for the last time. I shed a couple tears, not for me, but because this is the last time that I'll be around these guys."[33] The Portland Tribune called Costa "the heart and soul" of the 2010 team that advanced to the national championship game.[34]

Later years[edit]

Costa currently works as a television sports analyst for Comcast SportsNet Northwest in Portland, Oregon.[23] In July 2011, he joined the police department in Springfield, Oregon.[35][36] After two months, knee injuries forced Costa to retire from the police force in September 2011.[23][37]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b c d "Nate Costa Bio". University of Oregon. Retrieved October 1, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Nathan Costa recruiting profile". rivals.com. Retrieved October 2, 2011. 
  4. ^ "CA QB Nathan Costa Talks Iowa City Visit". HawkeyeInsider.com. June 13, 2005. Retrieved October 2, 2011. 
  5. ^ Roy Lamberton (June 14, 2005). "QB Nathan Costa: Enjoyed Visiting NU Too". PurpleWildcats.com. Retrieved October 2, 2011. 
  6. ^ Allen Wallace (August 6, 2005). "QB Nathan Costa: Small Town Hero Chooses Ducks!". Scout.com. Retrieved October 2, 2011. 
  7. ^ Curtis Anderson (August 22, 2008). "Costa injures knee, sits out practice as he awaits word". The Register-Guard (Eugene, Oregon). 
  8. ^ Ron Agostini (October 31, 2008). "Costa won't label self hard-luck case". The Modesto Bee (Modesto, California). 
  9. ^ Brian VanderBeek (March 16, 2010). "Is Hilmar's Costa primed to take Oregon QB reins?". The Modesto Bee (Modesto, California). 
  10. ^ a b "Costa Likely To Start Against UCLA". The Modesto Bee (Modesto, California). October 7, 2009. 
  11. ^ Chris Courtney (October 9, 2010). "Cool, Calm, Costa Helps Cruise Ducks To Win". eDuck Sports. Retrieved October 1, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Oregon Turns Practice Into Nonstop Sprint With Precision as Goal". The New York Times. October 1, 2010. 
  13. ^ Stephen Alexander (September 21, 2010). "'Happy' Nate Costa still in the wings for Oregon Ducks". Portland Tribune (Portland, Oregon). 
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  15. ^ Rob Moseley. "An interview with Nate Costa: Highlights from a Q&A session he participated in this morning". The Register-Guard (Eugene, Oregon). Retrieved October 1, 2011. 
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  19. ^ Ted Miller (November 9, 2010). "QB Costa's career over at Oregon". ESPN. Retrieved October 1, 2011. 
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  21. ^ Matt Hayes (April 12, 2010). "Overshadowed by Masoli, good guy Costa gets second chance". The Sporting News. Retrieved October 1, 2011. 
  22. ^ Rachel Bachman (December 25, 2010). "Nate Costa: Ducks injured quarterback completes a heart-breaking journey without regret". The Oregonian (Portland Oregon). Retrieved October 2, 2011. 
  23. ^ a b c Stefan Verbano (September 9, 2011). "Injuries push Costa off police force: Knee problems that ended his Duck football days also put a stop to a career with Springfield police". The Register-Guard (Eugene, Oregon). 
  24. ^ Jason Vondersmith (October 9, 2010). "DUCKS NOTES: Super sub QB Costa does it again vs. Cougs: Two relief stints against WSU, two wins". Portland Tribune (Portland, Oregon). Retrieved October 1, 2011. 
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  28. ^ Anne M. Peterson (November 10, 2010). "Costa's college career over: Injury ends playing days at Oregon". The Modesto Bee. Retrieved October 2, 2011. 
  29. ^ John Hunt (November 6, 2010). "Oregon football: Nate Costa's injury casts pall on Ducks' victory". The Oregonian (Portland Oregon). Retrieved October 2, 2011. 
  30. ^ a b Aaron Fentress (January 10, 2011). "BCS National Championship: Nate Costa will suit up, but likely won't play". The Oregonian (Portland Oregon). Retrieved October 2, 2011. 
  31. ^ John Hunt (January 3, 2011). "BCS National Championship: Nate Costa takes the field". The Oregonian (Portland Oregon). Retrieved October 2, 2011. 
  32. ^ Jason Vondersmith (January 8, 2011). "UO NOTES: Nate Costa back on the practice field". Portland Tribune (Portland, Oregon). 
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  35. ^ Ron Agostini (July 15, 2011). "Hilmar's Costa goes from QB to policeman: Former Yellowjackets star is 'living out his dream'". Merced Sun-Star (Merced, California). 
  36. ^ Molly Blancett (July 5, 2011). "Former Duck QB joins Springfield PD". KVAL News. Retrieved October 1, 2011. 
  37. ^ Craig Murphy (September 15, 2011). "Nate Costa bows out as SPD officer". Springfield Times. Retrieved October 1, 2011. 
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