The importance of an offensive coordinator for the Oregon Ducks has been elevated over the past decade, as the past two have gone on to become the head coach.
38-year-old Scott Frost looks to follow the footsteps of Chip Kelly and Mark Helfrich as he enters his first season as the offensive coordinator for the fast paced Ducks.
Although Frost is young, his journey to his current position has been a long one.
Frost played collegiately at the University of Nebraska where he started two years, leading the Cornhuskers to the 1997 National Championship in his senior season. During his time as a starter he tallied over 2,660 passing yards and 1,500 rushing yards with 46 total touchdowns. Frost was the first quarterback in Nebraska’s history to throw for 1,000 yards and rush for 1,000 yards in the same season (current quarterback Taylor Martinez became the second this past season).
The New York Jets drafted him in the third round of the 1998 NFL Draft where he played under coach Bill Parcells for three seasons. In the NFL, he played primarily on the defensive side of the ball, spending most of his time in the safety position. Frost also played for the Cleveland Browns, Green Bay Packers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers before retiring in 2003.
The following collegiate season, Frost went back to his alma mater to become a Graduate Assistant. He was there until he took the same position at Kansas State in 2006.
In 2007, Frost got his first shot at coaching as he was hired by Northern Iowa to be the linebackers coach. He spent two seasons there, the second being named co-defensive coordinator.
In 2009, Frost made the move west becoming the wide receivers coach for Oregon. He has held that same position since until being promoted this year.
When looking at the pedigree of the past offensive coordinators, Frost has the most experience in playing the game combined with coaching (both offensive and defensive) to really take the offense instilled by Kelly and accelerate it even more.
Things to watch for this season under Frost’s tutelage: quarterback Marcus Mariota’s maturation from last year, the talent of wide receivers from top to bottom, and the overall demand for perfection from someone that has “been there, done that.”
It would not surprise me one bit to see Mariota throw for over 2,200 yards and rush for over 1,000 yards—having a Johnny Manziel type season and making a run at the Heisman Trophy.
Frost will get the most out of all the players on offense, as he has be tutored under some of the best coaches in both collegiate and professional history. Watch for the Ducks to be faster, stronger and more in sync then they have in the past few seasons.