|High School:||Hilmar HS|
PERSONAL — Born Nathaniel William Costa on May 15, 1988 in Turlock, Calif. Parents John and Shawn Costa. Family: Two brothers, one sister. High School (Coach): Hilmar (Frank Marques), 2006. Major: Sociology. Redshirt: 2007.
2010 — Recipient of the team’s Most Inspirational Player award • Oregon’s backup quarterback and primary holder suffered a season-ending injury in the ninth game of the season vs. Washington while scrambling after a failed hold on a field goal attempt • Was in full uniform for BCS Championship vs. Auburn - six weeks after surgery - but did not play • Completed both pass attempts for four yards and rushed three times for 27 yards vs. UCLA • Forced into action in the second quarter at Washington State and came through with the top performance of his career, completing 13 of 15 passes for 151 yards and a touchdown • Also rushed eight times for a career-high 84 yards and a score, including a career-long 43-yard run • Engineered a quartet of third-quarter scoring drives against Portland State, including capping a successful 32-yard march with his own 4-yard TD run • Tallied 16 rushing yards against the Vikings while both of his passes fell incomplete • Had an 11-yard rush and ran the offense for the final 10:20 of the fourth quarter in win at Tennessee • Completed 10 of 14 attempts for 131 yards and rushed four times for 14 yards in win vs. New Mexico • Shared top honors among all quarterbacks during 2010 winter workouts with a 275-lb. clean, and paced the position with 290-lb. bench press.
2009 — Transformed his starting debut at quarterback into a success, completing nine of 17 passes for 82 yards in a 24-10 win at UCLA • Included was his first touchdown pass as a collegian, thanks to a 20-yard third-quarter scoring strike to Jeff Maehl • Contribution the following game at Washington included running for a two-point conversion as well as picking up 7 yards on a fake field goal for a first down • Experienced his most extensive playing time prior to his first start while entering the game against Washington State late in the second quarter and engineering 17 points in a resounding win • Completed seven of nine passes for 80 yards while rushing for 26 more and one touchdown • Stepped onto the field to take his first snap from center since 2006 when he quarterbacked the Ducks for the majority of the fourth quarter against California • Responded by completing four of seven passes for 35 yards vs. California, in addition to picking up three additional yards on the ground, to pace team to a 42-yard, fourth-quarter field goal • Also completed a pass to kicker Morgan Flint for a successful two-point conversion against the Golden Bears • Span of 1,035 days between appearances ended when he took the field vs. Purdue as the team’s holder on place kicks • Offerred proof that the importance of a solid holder cannot be overlooked as he earned Pac-10 special teams player-of-the-week kudos for his role in digging an errant snap out of the grass that resulted in a successful PAT that extended Oregon’s game at Arizona into overtime and a resulting win • Owns a career completion percentage of 65.8 percent (25-38) • Was named a second-team academic all-conference pick.
2008 — Was named the starting quarterback in fall camp before suffering torn knee ligaments less than two weeks before the season opener • Sidelined the entire year while rehabilitating from his second major surgery in as many years.
2007 — Set to redshirt behind Heisman Trophy candidate Dennis Dixon and senior Brady Leaf, he would have been UO’s go-to quarterback following Dixon’s injury, but suffered torn knee ligaments of his own during practice in October.
2006 — Brought out of his redshirt year in the eighth game of the year, completing all three of his pass attempts for 51 yards against Portland State • Also perfect in two tries at USC for 22 yards • Carried the football seven times for 39 yards, including 25 yards against the Trojans • Calmly marched Oregon downfield in his collegiate debut vs. the Vikings, capping a 98-yard drive with a touchdown • Also made the most of his lone possession in the L.A. Coliseum, with the offense coming up 3 yards shy of the end zone in the waning moments of the game.
HIGH SCHOOL — The PrepStar all-region selection was rated among the nation’s top 19 quarterbacks by Rivals.com, displaying a versatility as a dual-threat standout • Led the Trans Valley League in rushing as well as finishing second in passing and scoring (108), completing 161 of 276 passes (58 percent) for 2,252 yards and 15 touchdowns as a senior while picking up an additional 1,709 yards (8.1 avg.) and 18 TDs on the ground • Tallied a season-best 265 yards running with the football vs. Escalon en route to 496 yards of total offense • Also credited with 329 passing yards against Bret Harte • The Central Valley player of the year and three-time all-state honoree led his team to the conference championship in 2005 as the Yellowjackets posted a 12-1 ledger.
Points scored: 6, three times, last at Washington State, Oct 09, 2010
Touchdowns: 1, three times, last at Washington State, Oct 09, 2010
Rush attempts: 8, at Washington State, Oct 09, 2010
Rush yards: 84, at Washington State, Oct 09, 2010 (8 carries)
Rush TDs: 1, three times, last at Washington State, Oct 09, 2010
Long rush: 43, at Washington State, Oct 09, 2010
Pass attempts: 17, at UCLA, Oct 10, 2009
Pass completions: 13, at Washington State, Oct 09, 2010
Pass yards: 151, at Washington State, Oct 09, 2010
Pass TDs: 1, twice, last at Washington State, Oct 09, 2010
Had intercepted: 1, at UCLA, Oct 10, 2009
Long pass: 34, at Washington State, Oct 09, 2010
Total offense attempts: 23, twice, last at Wash. St., Oct 09, 2010 (8 rush,15 pass)
Total ofense yards: 235, at Wash. St., Oct 09, 2010 (84 rush,151 pass)
All-purpose yards: 84, at Washington State, Oct 09, 2010
•Pac-10 All-Academic Honorable Mention
•Team Most Inspirational Player Award
•2nd Team Pac-10 Academic All-Conference
•Pac-10 Player of the Week (Special Teams at Arizona)