Zach Collaros

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Zach Collaros
No. 4     Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Date of birth (1988-08-27) August 27, 1988 (age 28)
Place of birth Steubenville, 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
Career history
As player
2012 Tampa Bay Buccaneers*
20122013 Toronto Argonauts
2014–present Hamilton Tiger-Cats
*Offseason and/or practice roster only
Career highlights and awards
Career stats
Passing completions 926
Passing attempts 1,376
Percentage 67.2
TDINT 74-31
Passing yards 11,585

Zach Collaros (born August 27, 1988[1]) 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.

College career[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]

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).

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]

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

Statistics[edit]

Year Team Passing Rushing
Cmp Att Pct Yds Y/A TD Int Rtg Att Yds Avg TD
2008 Cincinnati 1 4 25.0 2 0.5 0 0 29.2 6 29 4.8 0
2009 Cincinnati 93 124 75.0 1,434 11.6 10 2 195.5 57 344 6.0 4
2010 Cincinnati 225 383 58.7 2,902 7.6 26 14 137.5 121 202 1.7 4
2011 Cincinnati 166 272 61.0 1,940 7.1 15 10 131.8 84 234 2.8 8
Career 485 783 61.9 6,278 8.0 51 26 144.1 268 809 3.0 16

Source:[7]

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][8]

Toronto Argonauts[edit]

Collaros signed a contract to play for the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League in June 2012.[9][10] 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.[11][12] 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.[13]

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.[14] 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.[15] 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.[16] 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.[17] Prior to Week 8, and almost 11 months since sustaining his knee injury, Collaros returned to practising with the first team offense.[18] Collaros made his season debut in time for their week 8 match against the BC Lions.[19]

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 8 190 287 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
2015 HAM 12 12 252 359 70.2 3,376 25 7 113.7 28 164 5.9 18 1
2016 HAM 10 10 232 347 66.9 2,938 18 8 100.8 7 39 5.6 10 0
CFL totals 52 45 960 1,428 67.2 11,992 75 31 101.6 154 794 5.2 28 8

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "University of Cincinnati Official Athletic Site". http://www.gobearcats.com. Retrieved 20 November 2009.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  2. ^ a b "Zach Collaros 2008 Statistics". http://www.cfbstats.com. Retrieved 20 November 2009.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  3. ^ Perry, Kimball (2009-11-19). "Cincinnati quarterback Zach Collaros admits he ignored order". http://nky.cincinnati.com. Retrieved 20 November 2009.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  4. ^ "Collaros, Miller, Rogers Earn Weekly Football Honors". http://www.bigeast.org. Retrieved 20 November 2009.  External link in |publisher= (help)[dead link]
  5. ^ http://news.cincinnati.com/article/20100426/SPT0101/304260084/1064/Collaros+officially+UC+s+starting+quarterback
  6. ^ a b Miller, Joshua (October 30, 2013). "Zach Collaros backing Canadian legend despite string of impressive comeback wins, CFL accolades". chatsports.com. Retrieved January 30, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Zach Collaros". sports-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved September 10, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Cincinnati QB Collaros among undrafted free agents signing with Buccaneers". spots.yahoo.com. April 30, 2012. Retrieved January 30, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Former Bearcat Collaros to Play in Canada". fox19.com. June 1, 2012. Retrieved June 15, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Boyd notches two TDs as Argos outclass Ticats". June 14, 2012. Retrieved June 15, 2012. 
  11. ^ 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. 
  12. ^ Clipperton, Joshua (30 July 2013). "Collaros throws three TD passes as Argonauts rout Lions". Globe and Mail. Retrieved 31 July 2013. 
  13. ^ Argos release Collaros; QB hits open market early
  14. ^ Scianitti, Matthew (January 30, 2014). "Ticats sign free agent QB Collaros; release Burris". TSN.ca. Retrieved January 30, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Zach Collaros, Tiger-Cats quarterback, out for CFL season with torn ACL". Retrieved 2015-09-22. 
  16. ^ "Collaros to miss start of regular season says Austin". CFL.ca. 2016-05-04. Retrieved 2016-05-04. 
  17. ^ "Report: Austin confirms Masoli to start Week 1 vs. Argos". CFL.ca. 2016-06-19. Retrieved 2016-06-20. 
  18. ^ "Collaros leads first team practice offence". 2016-08-08. Retrieved 2016-08-09. 
  19. ^ "Lions hang on by skin of their teeth". Retrieved 2016-08-15. 

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