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Nic Costa
Nic Costa


Aloha, Ore.

High School:

Height / Weight:
5-11 / 210




Arizona: 2L... Costa is in the quarterback derby at UA under new offensive coordinator Mike Canales, but clearly is one of the team's strongest athletes and could find himself on the field somewhere... Started the first three games of 2003 after winning the job in fall camp, then eventually was the top back-up to freshman Kris Heavner for the final two months of the season... Completed 30 of 76 throws for 362 yads and four scores... Opened the year with a 6-for-10, 110-yard game against UTEP including a 41-yard throw to Ricky Williams, and closed the year with a 7-for-16, 87-yard game at ASU... The best running threat at the position, finishing as the team's third-leading rusher with 101 net yards and a nice 4.4-yard average including a long run of 43 yards against UCLA and a 30-yard run at Purdue... Caught a pass against Washington... Earned honorable mention Pac-10 All-Academic honors in 2003... Saw limited action during the 2002 season as the top backup to Jason Johnson... Played in four games for the Wildcats and completed 7-of-19 passes for 150 yards and had one interception and one touchdown... Finished the season with a pass efficiency rating of 110.00... Costa's career-long 92-yard pass for a touchdown to Andrae Thurman on a scramble in the second quarter against UCLA tied for the third-longest pass play and fourth-longest play in UA history... In operating under center for that series and four possessions in the fourth quarter, Costa was 2-of-4 for 104 yards, fumbled on a bad handoff and was sacked twice for minus-21 yards... Took over for Jason Johnson in the fourth quarter at Oregon State and completed 1-of-5 passes for 11 yards... Took over for Jason Johnson in the fourth quarter at Wisconsin and completed 1-of-5 passes for nine yards and had an interception... Completed 3-of-5 passes for 26 yards in the season opener versus Northern Arizona... Earned honorable mention Pac-10 All-Academic honors in 2002... Redshirted in 2001 and worked with both the varsity and scout teams... Heralded as a mobile thrower who throws well and tests out as one of the strongest players on the team... One of three heavily recruited QBs to come out of the Oregon prep ranks in 2001... One of Arizona's all-time high-profile quarterback recruits... Has great speed and is considered a good scrambler and a proficient passer who can get himself some time to throw the ball... Some of the college coaches in the Pac-10 compared him to (former UA quarterback) Keith Smith... 2001 & 2002 Mary Roby Academic Achievement Award.

High School: Aloha High School, Beaverton, Ore., 2001... Three-year letterman at quarterback for coach Rob Casteel... An All-America selection by SuperPrep, PrepStar and Prep Football Report, the latter of which tabbed him the West's No. 5 quarterback prospect... He was selected to the Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, received six votes in the Press-Telegram's Best in the West poll to earn second-team honors and was the No. 10 QB nationally by Attended the prestigious Elite 11 camp in Southern California during the summer of 2000 and was tutored there by Drew Brees and Marques Tuiasosopo, among others... Third-team league selection as a junior and second-team selection as a senior... Also lettered in track and field and was named first team all-state as a freshman and sophomore... Nominated for National Honor Society.

Costa's Career Stats

Year	G-GS	Att.-Comp.-Int.	Yards	TD	Pct.	Rating
2002	4-0	19-7-1  	150	1	36.8	110.00
2003   11-3    76-30-2          362     4       39.5     91.59
Total  15-3    95-37-3          512     5       38.9    100.43