Oregon has added former quarterback Nate Costa to the staff as a senior offensive analyst. The job is not a coaching role as Costa will not be able to coach during practices or games or recruit, but he will assist the staff behind the scenes.
“It is an important position, for example we are out here golfing and recruiting all day and the analysts are back home breaking down opponents and self scouting reports,” UO coach Mario Cristobal said Monday before participating in the Portland Golf Classic, an Oregon-sponsored event at Langdon Farms Golf Club. “When they present reports, they have to know every part like the back of their hand. It is very important data that helps us make adjustments.”
Costa was a backup quarterback at Oregon from 2006-10 who began his coaching career as offensive coordinator at IMG Academy, a prep powerhouse in Florida. He spent last season as an analyst for Chip Kelly at UCLA.
“He is a super bright guy,” Cristobal said. “Extremely high football IQ and he has been in a couple different systems. He is well-respected and a guy who can help us offensively in a couple of different areas. Any time you can get quality people with his football IQ, you want to do that and we won’t hesitate to do that.”