|No. 4 Hamilton Tiger-Cats|
|Date of birth||August 27, 1988|
|Place of birth||Steubenville, Ohio|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
|Weight||216 lb (98 kg)|
|College||University of Cincinnati|
|2012||Tampa Bay Buccaneers*|
|*Offseason and/or practice roster only|
|Career highlights and awards|
Zach Collaros (born August 27, 1988) is an American professional Canadian football quarterback for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League (CFL). He graduated from Steubenville (Ohio) High School in 2007, after leading the Big Red to Division III state titles in the 2005 & 2006 seasons, ending with a 30-1 record as a starter. Played football at the University of Cincinnati.
Collaros was one of five quarterbacks to play for the Bearcats during the 2008 season. After Tony Pike was injured in the Akron game, Collaros took his first snap as college quarterback halfway through the fourth quarter. His passing record for the season was 1 completion in 4 attempts for a total of 2 yards. He also rushed 6 times for a total of 29 yards.
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. 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. 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).
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.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Collaros signed a contract to play for the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League in June 2012. 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. In summary, Collaros had an outstanding 2013 season. He played in 14 games that season and was the starting quarterback for eight 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.
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. In his first season with the Tiger-Cats Collaros started in 13 of the 18 regular season games and helped lead the Tiger-Cats to a 9–9 record (first-place in the East division) and took them all the way to the 102nd Grey Cup game; in which they were defeated by the Calgary Stampeders for the second consecutive season. Collaros came into form in the 2015 CFL season leading the Ti-Cats to a record of 8–3 to start the season. In a game against the Eskimos on September 19, 2015, Collaros left the game with a leg injury and did not return to the field. It was announced 2 days later that he had suffered a torn ACL and would miss the remainder of the 2015 season. At the time of the injury Collaros was leading the league in passing yards (3,376), touchdown passes (25) and passer rating (113.7).
On May 4, 2016, Tiger-Cats head coach Kent Austin announced that Collaros would be limited in training camp, and likely miss the start of the 2016 regular season as he recovers from his torn ACL injury. On June 19, three days before the season commences, Austin confirmed that Collaros would not be starting the season as he continues to rehab his knee. Prior to Week 8, and almost 11 months since sustaining his knee injury, Collaros returned to practising with the first team offense. Collaros made his season debut in time for their week 8 match against the BC Lions.
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