A physical, athletic linebacker who will be in the mix for increased playing time this year after an injury-plagued 2007 ... possesses a good motor and has the ability to rush the passer ... served as a backup at Sam linebacker in 2006 and at Will linebacker in 2007 ... sat out the spring to rehab after shoulder surgery at the end of 2007, but is expected to be ready for fall camp ... transferred from Temple prior to the 2005 season ... has played in 19 career games ... set the school record in spring 2006 testing for inside linebackers with a 42-inch vertical jump ... his clean of 405 in spring 2007 testing is tops all-time among ILBs.
As a Junior (2007): Played in the first six games at linebacker, including one start, but missed the rest of the season with injuries ... (vs. Villanova) ... recorded one tackle in a reserve role ... (vs. FIU) ... played but did not record any stats ... (vs. WVU) ... recorded a career-best four tackles, including 1.5 tackles for loss ... sacked QB Pat White, forcing and recovering a fumble ... play prevented West Virginia from scoring on final drive before the half .... (vs. WF) ... played but did not record any stats ... (vs. Rutgers) ... played and recorded two tackles ... (vs. GT) ... earned first career start (subbing for Erin Henderson at Will LB) and recorded three tackles before leaving the game due to injury (sprained neck and concussion).
As a Sophomore (2006): Played in all 13 games as a reserve linebacker and special teams performer ... tallied 12 tackles on the season ... tied for the team lead with two fumble recoveries ... also had a pair of TFLs ... (vs. PU, Champs Sports Bowl) ... played but did not record any statistics ... (vs. W&M) ... made his first career appearance as a Terp ... hurried Tribe QB Jake Phillips to force a fourth down in the first quarter ... (vs. MT) ... had a season-best three tackles, including two solo stops, and a fumble recovery ... (vs. WVU) ... appeared but did not record any statistics ... (vs. FIU) ... tied a season high with three tackles, including one solo ... recorded his first career TFL that forced fourth down in the second quarter ... his QB hurry on the game's final play helped force an interception ... (vs. GT) ... finished with two tackles, one solo ... pressured the QB which allowed teammate Wesley Jefferson to record a sack on third down ... (vs. NCSU) ... had three tackles (two solo), and 1 1/2 TFL (eight yards) ... stops matched a season high ... combined with David Holloway for a sack in the fourth quarter ... (vs. FSU) ... recovered a fumble in the first quarter that set up the first touchdown of the game ... while not recording a tackle, pressured the quarterback throughout the contest ... (vs. Miami) ... was credited with a QB hurry ... (vs. WF) ... played but did not record any statistics ... missed the first half of the following spring, but started working his way back in at weakside linebacker as the campaign wore down.
As a Redshirt Freshman (2005): Sat out the season due to NCAA transfer rules ... suffered a shoulder injury midway through the season which kept him out of practice.
As a Freshman (2004 at Temple): Redshirt season.
At Holy Cross High School: A three-year letterwinner who played linebacker, safety and wide receiver ... posted 127 tackles and three interceptions as a senior and 77 stops as a junior ... had seven interceptions his junior year, returning three for touchdowns ... earned first team all-state honors from the Associated Press and Gannett newspapers as a senior ... first team All-South Jersey by the Philadelphia Inquirer in 2003 ... first team All-Parochial by the Camden Courier Post ... was second team all-state and all-area as a junior ... also lettered three years in basketball ... first team All-South Jersey as a senior, hitting .514 with five homers and 36 stolen bases ... coached by Jerry McConnell.
Personal: Parents are Helen and Dr. Richard Costa ... brother, Phil, is a offensive lineman in his fourth year with the Terps ... father is a former competitive bodybuilder who was Mr. New Jersey in 1980 ... plays the piano and is a 9-handicap golfer ... majoring in criminology and criminal justice, and maintains over a 3.0 GPA.
Costa's Career Statistics
Defense G-GS UT AT TT TFL Sacks FC FR PBU Int. 2006 13-0 7 5 12 2.0-11 0.5-5 0 2 0 0-0 2007 6-1 2 7 9 1.0-3 0.5-2 1 1 0 0-0 Career 19-1 9 12 21 3.0-14 1.0-7 1 3 0 0-0