Costa Ready To Lead

Eugene -- With football season just a couple of months away, eDuck Sports spoke with Oregon quarterback Nate Costa as he prepared for a workout at the Autzen Stadium Complex. Costa, a red-shirt sophomore, will likely be the starting signal caller when the Ducks formally start the 2008 campaign in August.

Nate Costa, 6-1, 211, was Dennis Dixon's back-up last year, and would have been the starter when Dixon and Brady Leaf both went down with injuries had he not also been sidelined for the year with a torn ACL. Now back at full strength, Costa knows that he will be the starter when fall camp opens up and his leadership is showing during the voluntary summer workouts that most of the squad is participating in on a daily basis.

The Oregon coaching staff is not permitted to attend the workouts, although Athletic Department staff members, led by Strength and Conditioning Coach Jim Radcliffe, work side by side with the athletes in the summer conditioning drills.

Just prior to the conditioning drills, Costa organized a 7-on-7 passing drill with receivers and defensive backs where he demonstrated his tight spiral and extremely accurate passing touch to a variety of receivers.

When camp begins, the Ducks will have five quarterbacks on scholarship, and the race for the starting job will be competitive with Justin Roper, Chris Harper, Darron Thomas and newcomer Jeremiah Masoli all seeking a chance to win the job.

Watch the video as Costa talks about the upcoming year.




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