Oregon names Frost receivers coach

Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

Scott Frost, the former national championship winning quarterback at Nebraska, was named Oregon's new receivers coach Monday.

Frost, 34, who played six years in the NFL after leading the Cornhuskers to the 1997 championship, served as co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Northern Iowa last year.

Northern Iowa, which finished the season 12-3, lost to Richmond 21-20 in the Football Championship Subdivision semifinals.

"Scott was one of the most impressive young men I have ever had the opportunity to interview," Oregon coach Mike Bellotti said in a statement. "I felt his passion and knowledge for the game was extremely enlightening and believe that will carry over into his ability as a coach and a recruiter."

Frost replaces Robin Pflugrad, who had served as Oregon's wide receivers coach for the past three seasons but was told he would not be offered a job when offensive coordinator Chip Kelly -- Mike Bellotti's designated successor -- takes over as head coach.

After quarterbacking the Huskers to a 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 began his collegiate career as a two-year letterman at Stanford in 1993 and '94 before transferring to Nebraska in 1995. The Huskers' two-year starter and 1997 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award finalist quarterbacked teams to a 24-2 record while completing 192 of 359 passes for 2,677 yards and 18 career 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.

"I feel the offense at Oregon is the best in the country and their potential to what they can accomplish is unlimited," Frost said in the statement.

"I feel blessed to have played and been around some really good coaches and have benefited from some of the best offensive minds with the likes of Bill Walsh and Tom Osborne," Frost added. "Before his passing, I had the privilege to get council from Coach Walsh regarding my desire to break into the coaching profession. He advised me to get in wherever I could. He actually began his career coaching defense, which I didn't know until then."

Following his collegiate career, Frost was selected in the third round (67th pick) 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 two-time first-team academic all-conference choice and 1997 second-team Academic All-American graduated with a B.A. degree in finance from Nebraska in 1997.

Frost's appointment is effective immediately, with his contract to run through June 30, 2010.