Zach Collaros

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Zach Collaros
No. 4     Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Date of birth: (1988-08-27) August 27, 1988 (age 26)
Place of birth: Columbus, Ohio
Career information
Status: Active
CFL status: International
Position(s): QB
Height: 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight: 216 lb (98 kg)
College: University of Cincinnati
As player:

Tampa Bay Buccaneers*
Toronto Argonauts
Hamilton Tiger-Cats

*Inactive and/or practice squad member only
Career stats
Playing stats at

Zach Collaros (born August 27, 1988[1]) is an American professional Canadian football quarterback for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. He graduated from Steubenville (Ohio) High School in 2007, and played college football for the University of Cincinnati.

College career[edit]

2008 season[edit]

Collaros was one of five quarterbacks to play for the Bearcats during the 2008 season.[1] After Tony Pike was injured in the Akron game, Collaros took his first snap as college quarterback halfway through the fourth quarter.[1] His passing record for the season was 1 completion in 4 attempts for a total of 2 yards.[2] He also rushed 6 times for a total of 29 yards.[2]

2009 season[edit]

When Pike was injured midway through the 2009 season, during a game against South Florida, Collaros again took over; on his third snap, he ran for a key 75-yard touchdown. He went on to start the next four games while Pike recovered from a broken arm.[3] During week 10, Collaros won Big East Offensive Player of the Week, after racking up a Big East record 555 yards of total offense (480 passing, 75 rushing) and accounting for three touchdowns (one passing, two rushing) in a 48–45 win over Connecticut.[4] In four starts, the second half of the USF game, and several "cameo appearances," Collaros racked up relatively big numbers (1,434 yards and 10 TDs passing, 344 yards and 4 TDs rushing).

2010 season[edit]

Collaros was Cincinnati's starting quarterback for the 2010 season. He led the Big East in passing yards with 2,902 and touchdowns with 26. He was selected as the 2010 First-Team All-Big East quarterback.[5]

2011 season[edit]

Collaros was again named the starting quarterback for the 2011 season, his second full year as the starter.[6]

Professional career[edit]

Tampa Bay Buccaneers[edit]

Collaros signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after going undrafted in the 2012 NFL Draft but did not make the team.[6][7]

Toronto Argonauts[edit]

Collaros signed a contract to play for the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League in June 2012.[8][9] Collaros played in 1 game during the 2012 CFL season completing 7 of 11 passes for 101 yards and 1 touchdown. In the first preseason game of the 2013 CFL season he completed 9 of 12 passes for 95 yards and 1 touchdown. On July 30, he had his first CFL start in place of the injured Ricky Ray, as the Argonauts defeated the B.C. Lions at the Rogers Centre. He threw for 3 touchdowns and completed 21 of 25 passes for 253 yards.[10][11] In summary, Collaros had an outstanding 2013 season. He played in 14 games that season and was the starting quarterback for 7 games, due to an injury to Ricky Ray. He completed 190 of 287 pass attempts at a strong completion percentage of 66.2%. He threw for 2,316 yards, 14 touchdowns and only 6 interceptions, for a quarterback rating of 98.4. He was not selected by the Ottawa Redblacks in the 2013 CFL Expansion Draft because he was set to become a free agent in February 2014. The Redblacks did not want to risk their selections on players who may not re-sign with their new team. Collaros was set to become a free-agent in February 2014 if a contract extension could not be agreed upon by the Argos. Upon understanding that Collaros would not re-sign with the Argos and would instead test the free-agent market, Argos GM Jim Barker decided to release Collaros prior to the start of free agency. After failing to come to terms on a new contract, the Argonauts released Collaros on January 29, 2014.[12]

Hamilton Tiger-Cats[edit]

On January 30, 2014, Collaros announced his intention to sign with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. He signed a contract later that day that will keep him in Hamilton through the 2016 season.[13]

Career statistics[edit]

  Passing   Rushing
Year Team Games Started Comp Att Pct Yards TD Int Rating Att Yards Avg Long TD
2012 TOR 4 0 7 11 63.6 101 1 0 123.7 3 17 5.7 8 0
2013 TOR 18 7 190 287 66.2 2,316 14 6 98.4 59 246 4.2 21 5
2014 HAM 13 13 279 424 65.8 3,261 15 9 91.9 57 328 5.8 28 2
CFL totals 35 20 476 722 65.9 5,678 30 15 95.0 119 591 5.0 28 7


  1. ^ a b c "University of Cincinnati Official Athletic Site". Retrieved 20 November 2009. 
  2. ^ a b "Zach Collaros 2008 Statistics". Retrieved 20 November 2009. 
  3. ^ Perry, Kimball (2009-11-19). "Cincinnati quarterback Zach Collaros admits he ignored order". Retrieved 20 November 2009. 
  4. ^ "Collaros, Miller, Rogers Earn Weekly Football Honors". Retrieved 20 November 2009. [dead link]
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  6. ^ a b Miller, Joshua (October 30, 2013). "Zach Collaros backing Canadian legend despite string of impressive comeback wins, CFL accolades". Retrieved January 30, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Cincinnati QB Collaros among undrafted free agents signing with Buccaneers". April 30, 2012. Retrieved January 30, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Former Bearcat Collaros to Play in Canada". June 1, 2012. Retrieved June 15, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Boyd notches two TDs as Argos outclass Ticats". June 14, 2012. Retrieved June 15, 2012. 
  10. ^ Clipperton, Joshua (29 July 2013). "Lions QB Lulay says he knows what Argos counterpart is going through". Globe and Mail (The Canadian Press). Retrieved 29 July 2013. 
  11. ^ Clipperton, Joshua (30 July 2013). "Collaros throws three TD passes as Argonauts rout Lions". Globe and Mail. Retrieved 31 July 2013. 
  12. ^ Argos release Collaros; QB hits open market early
  13. ^ Scianitti, Matthew (January 30, 2014). "Ticats sign free agent QB Collaros; release Burris". Retrieved January 30, 2014. 

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