Former Oregon quarterback Nate Costa is returning to the Ducks as an offensive analyst, according to a report from Bruce Feldman of The Athletic.
The analyst position is not a coaching role as Costa will not be able to coach during practices or games or recruit, but he will presumably assist offensive coordinator Marcus Arroyo behind the scenes.
The 30-year old Costa spent last season in a similar role at UCLA for Chip Kelly, his former coach at Oregon. He previously served as offensive coordinator at IMG Academy, a prep powerhouse in Florida.
Costa, who arrived at Oregon from Hilmar, Calif., had an injury-plagued career with the Ducks from 2006-10 when he completed 50-of-71 passes for 556 yards and two touchdowns in 23 career games. He also ran 43 times for 195 yards and three scores.
The 6-foot-1 Costa was slated to redshirt as a true freshman before playing in three games late in the season. He was a redshirt behind Dennis Dixon in 2007 and tore knee ligaments in the middle of that season.
He suffered another season-ending knee injury prior to the 2008 season when he was slated to be Oregon’s starting quarterback. Costa was primarily a backup quarterback for the Ducks in his final two seasons, although he started a 24-10 win over UCLA in 2009 when he went 9-for-17 for 82 yards and a touchdown.
Costa was also Oregon’s holder and was named Pac-12 special teams player of the week once in that role. He suffered a third season-ending injury during his senior season while scrambling to attempt a fake field goal.