Classic ‘Cat Friday: Zach Collaros – Gunslinger, Tough Guy, All-Around Badass
By: Nick Boeing
Zach Collaros might’ve been my favorite UC quarterback ever. I won’t lie: I was a HUGE Dustin Grutza guy for God knows why, but I think Collaros takes the cake.
Like I mentioned in my last one of these, Ben Mauk pretty much paved the way for a guy like Collaros at UC. Except Collaros was probably better in every way imaginable. The power went out in my house on his introductory, 75-yard touchdown run against USF due to the electricity he generated. I’ll never forget how, in 2010 during a down year, he almost led UC to an upset win over top-5 Oklahoma. I didn’t stay for the whole game because I had to go back to an Elder football game for my state ring ceremony (100% bragging), but damn do I kinda wish I would’ve stayed.
Ya know, he was kind of built like Drew Brees and Russell Wilson in terms of stature, but always struck me as a guy with ties to the Mafia so definitely wasn’t as nice/corny as those guys. Irrelevant and off topic, but think about it….
Anyways, Collaros finished his UC career with over 6000 yards passing, about 800 yards rushing and 67 total touchdowns to his name. Not bad for a two year starter who made an occasional spot-start for the oft-injured Tony Pike.
After his Bearcat days, Collaros has gone on to become one of the best quarterbacks in Canadian football. He was stuck behind Canada legend Ricky Ray (FIRE quarterback name) for awhile, but he’s caught on as the starter for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats; yet another baffling team name I’ve come across in my Puplist research.
Unfortunately, he tore his ACL during the 2015 season after leading the Tiger-Cats to an 8-3 start all the while leading the league in passing yards, touchdown passes and passer rating. He’s been out since then, rehabbing to get to back sometime early in the 2016 season.
When he does get back, fire up ESPN2 on a random Tuesday night and watch him carve up defenses like a traditional Canadian caribou dinner.