195 pound QB Nathan Costa made University of Oregon football fans very happy
when he signed with the Ducks.
Costa is a tremendous dual threat quarterback who should give opposing
defenses nightmares this upcoming season as he competes for Hilmar
comp. 255 att. 2249 yards 23 TDs 6 ints - 104 carries 662 yards 6 TDs
tape and two full game tapes
When watching film of Costa there are many impressive things that stand
out. First, is his strength as a
runner and scrambler. Costa does
not go down with an arm tackle or rarely by a single tackler. His leg strength is tremendous, which
allows him to escape when he is flushed from the pocket or to gain extra yards
in the run game. Second, I liked
how comfortable Costa looked in the pass game both under center and in
shotgun. Often at the high school
level players have a preference or
get sloppy mechanically either under center or in the shotgun. Costa seemed at ease in both situations
thus adding to his diversity.
Third, Costa has an easy throwing motion, which can be deceiving. The ball seems not to have a lot of zip
on it, yet Costa can and does make all the throws. Along with this, the ball is always
catchable for the receiver. In the
two game tapes I watched
not once did Costa put his receiver in a tough spot where they had to lay out or expose
themselves to a big hit.
Line: Costa is a great pick up for the Ducks. He has the ability to make plays with
both his arm and legs. Further, he
is equally at home rolling out and throwing on the run as he is throwing from a
traditional drop. In the pass game,
Costa shows the patience to check down and look off the safety. Often prep QBs lock onto the receiver
even before the play snap. Costa
does not have this bad habit.
Another factor in regard to Costa was and is his ability and willingness
to make the big play. This will come in handy when playing in the PAC 10 in
front of thousands of fans. He has a knack of making the timely big play pass or
scramble when his team needs it. The only minor critique I had was from time to
time while scrambling or rolling out Costa would throw against his body back
into coverage. This is a habit that
needs to be broken. Speedy PAC 10
defenses will make a QB pay for that mistake.
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