Posted by Chip Patterson
College football's most potent offense just got a little thinner at the quarterback position, with the announcement that Oregon backup quarterback Nate Costa will miss the rest of the season due to injury. On Tuesday the university confirmed that the knee injury, Costa's third in his five-year college career, will force the quarterback to miss the rest of the season and effectively end his career at Oregon. Costa is scheduled to undergo surgery sometime in the next two weeks.
While Costa has provided little production outside of holding for placekicks and leading the offense in mop-up time, he has been one of the faces of the Ducks in the Chip Kelly era. Rob Mosely, of the Eugene Register-Guard, describes Costa as "invaluable as one of the team's leaders" over the last two seasons. For an undefeated squad with National Championship Game hopes, that kind of leadership can come is an advantage in times of adversity. Even more difficult for the Ducks, freshman quarterback Bryan Bennett is now at risk of burning his redshirt with a move to the second-string. The onus now lies on the offensive line to keep starting quarterback Darron Thomas healthy, at least through four more games.