Costa Ready to Start Fall Camp

The dog days of summer find the Oregon Ducks in voluntary workouts but it is clear to see that the troops are getting antsy and ready to get back onto the practice field in preparation to defend their Pac-10 crown. Senior quarterback Nate Costa, is the natural leader of this group and took a few moments to answer some media questions.

Nathan Costa, entering his senior year again finds himself in the midst of competition for the starting quarterback position -- and Costa would not have it any other way.

According to Costa, "competition makes the team better," and he will be vying for the job with sophomore Darron Thomas, redshirt freshman Daryle Hawkins and true freshman Bryan Bennett.

The off-season of course was full of turmoil for the Oregon program as star-quarterback Jeremiah Masoli was suspended and then later dismissed from the squad as a result of non-football related incidents. Not only is the loss of Masoli a blow to the play on the field but also the leadership of the team as well. Costa though, is extremely well qualified and able to fill right in.

Among teammates, Costa is recognized as an inspiration as he has made comebacks from three knee injuries that might have spelled the end of his career. However through hard work and toughness in attitude, Costa was back. Just to demonstrate the kind of player and leader he is, on Friday, Costa was one of the very first to arrive at the practice field in preparation for the summer workout. In fact he was there almost an hour before the workout was scheduled to begin.

Naturally, he is the center of attraction for media and he graciously took time to talk to reporters. When he was finished he was back with the guys, playing catch. As the players trickled in he then organized a mini-drill. The players set up about five-yards from the goal line (on Papè field) and worked against the Duck defensive backs and linebackers on getting the ball into the endzone. Costa was dead-on with the familiar tight-spirals he is known to throw.

Still though, he's ready to get his senior season going. Here is a short video of how things are for him.

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