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TRACK & FIELD
Sat, May 03
Football 11:00 AM
vs. Spring Game
Scott Frost was
elevated to the positions of offensive coordinator and quarterbacks
coach by the Ducks’ head coach Mark Helfrich on Jan. 31, 2013 after
serving as the program's wide receivers coach for the past four seasons.
Prior to initially joining the Oregon staff in January 2009, Frost had served one year as defensive coordinator at the University of Northern Iowa (2008) and two seasons as the Panthers’ linebackers coach (2007-08).
The 38-year-old Lincoln, Neb., native possesses a unique array of experience as a standout collegiate quarterback who also has a coaching background encompassing the defensive side of the ball and special teams. He quarterbacked the University of Nebraska to the 1997 national championship over Tennessee, 42-17, with the two-year starter leading the Cornhuskers to a 24-2 record after lettering two years at Stanford.
As a player, Frost was tutored by some of the legendary football coaching minds of all time, including Stanford’s Bill Walsh and Nebraska’s Tom Osborne, as well as the New York Jets’ Bill Parcells in the NFL.
His expertise as a collegiate standout and coach, as well as a six-year NFL veteran, has been vital to Oregon’s unprecedented success during his Eugene tenure. Among his contributions has been the implementation of a mentality instilled as a defender as well as the moxie of a national championship competitor. He has been instrumental in instituting a toughness among his receivers that enhanced their ability as downfield blockers, which has contributed to the success of the Ducks’ running game that has paced the conference in rushing each of the past seven seasons.
He has displayed the versatility to adapt to situations that run the gamut from refining the talents of proven commodities to tutoring less experienced pupils. Despite Oregon ranking third in the country in rushing this season while averaging better than 300 yards per game on the ground for the first time in the program’s history (315.2 avg.), 18 players accumulated more catches (250) in 2012 than in the last six seasons.
His first year at Oregon (2009), he inherited one of the Ducks’ most inexperienced units and enhanced its development into a reliable corps, helping Jeff Maehl and D.J. Davis become every-down players who could be relied upon to make plays both catching the football and blocking downfield.
While Oregon returned a trio of starting wide receivers heading into the 2010 season, Frost played a vital role in improving their production catching the football while further honing their blocking skills. One result was a breakout year for Maehl, who became a first-team all-conference choice, set the Ducks’ single-season record with 12 touchdown catches, tied the single-season mark with 77 receptions and finished as the program’s first 1,000-yard receiver in five seasons.
However he successfully navigated one of his more challenging situations in 2011. Molding a wide receiver contingent that boasted of only two players who had accumulated as many as 10 career catches at the Division I level, he helped devise schemes that would result in the Ducks accounting for 30 or more touchdowns through the air for only the fourth time in school history.
After quarterbacking Nebraska to an unblemished 13-0 record in 1997, the second-team all-Big 12 Conference standout broke into the coaching ranks as a graduate assistant at his alma mater in 2002 before filling the same role at Kansas State in 2006. He then initiated a two-year stint at Northern Iowa in 2007, where the school finished sixth in the country against the run (91.0 avg.) and seventh in scoring defense (16.9 avg.).
The Panthers completed 2008 with a 12-3 record after posting a 12-1 mark the previous year.
They tied for third in the Football Championship Subdivision in takeaways (40) and ninth in the country in scoring defense (17.7 ppg) in his final year at the school, dropping a 21-20 decision to Richmond in the national championship semifinals.
As a Nebraska standout, the 1997 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award finalist completed 192 of 359 passes for 2,677 yards and 18 touchdowns. Included was a senior season in which he became only the 10th player in college football history to both run (1,095 yds.) and pass (1,237 yds.) for 1,000 yards in a single season.
His 2,332 yards of total offense fell one yard shy of what was then the school’s single-season record set in 1971.
Following his collegiate career, Frost was selected in the third round (67th overall) of the 1998 NFL Draft by the New York Jets, where he played safety and special teams from 1998-2000. His professional football career included stops in Cleveland (2001), Green Bay (2001-02) and Tampa Bay (2004).
The second-team Academic All-American and two-time first-team academic all-conference choice graduated with a B.A. degree in finance from Nebraska in 1997.