Oregon Ducks offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Scott Frost will join an elite group of coaches to hold the position at the program. The list includes coaches like Jeff Tedford, Mike Bellotti, Chip Kelly and current head coach Mark Helfrich. Frost, the former wide receivers coach, has been with the program since Kelly took over in 2009 and is climbing the coaching ladder at Oregon quite quickly.
Frost was a star quarterback at the University of Nebraska, winning a national championship as a senior in 1997. One of the more remarkable statistics during his playing career is his 24-2 record as a starter with the Cornhuskers.
He was taken in the third round with the 67th overall pick of the 1998 NFL Draft by the New York Jets, playing as a safety and seeing action on special teams. He played six seasons in the NFL with the Jets, Cleveland Browns, Green Bay Packers and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before lacing up the cleats and moving on to a coaching career.
Frost opened his career as a graduate assistant with Nebraska for one season in 2002, then took the same position in 2006 with the Kansas State Wildcats. In 2007, Forst became the linebackers coach at Northern Iowa and was promoted to co-defensive coordinator in 2008. Kelly hired Frost onto the Ducks’ coaching staff in 2009 and he has been with the Oregon program since.
In spring practices thus far, Frost has been responsible for the play calling on offense. Along with the added responsibilities of being in charge of the entire offense, Frost will also be the team’s quarterbacks coach. It will be the first time in his coaching career he has coached his playing position.
[gn_quote style=”1″]“There will be a learning curve,” said Frost. “But anything I don’t know, I’ve got Mark (Helfrich) right over my shoulder, and he’s been as good a quarterback coach as there’s been in the country for four years here.”[/gn_quote]
Frost has had some incredible receivers in his time with the program. Some of bigger names include Jeff Maehl, D.J. Davis, Lavasier Tuinei and Jamere Holland who have all been signed to NFL rosters. Maehl had a huge senior season in 2010, recording over 1,000 receiving yards including a game-tying two-point conversion against the Auburn Tigers in the BCS National Championship Game.
The Ducks are once again loaded with talent at the wide receiver position. Oregon brings back senior Josh Huff, De’Anthony Thomas (running back/receiver) and a talented group of youngsters battling for starting time in 2013.
It’ll be interesting to see who takes over play calling in the season. Despite the fact that Frost calls plays in practice, it should be believed that the responsibility will go over to Helfrich. When Kelly was head coach, Helfrich often called plays in spring and summer ball.
Across the rest of the offense, Frost will have the responsibility of figuring ways to incorporate all-American candidate Thomas and the freakishly talented tight end Colt Lyerla. There is a lot of talent on the Oregon roster, but it will take some figuring out and changes to maximize each guys’ potential. If there was ever a coach to do it, it would be Frost.
Sophomore quarterback Marcus Mariota will be benefit astronomically from having a QB genius like Frost to help develop his game. Mariota is in a great spot for a Heisman campaign, and all signs point to the Ducks going to the air more often in 2013.