July 5, 2011
University of Cincinnati senior quarterback Zach Collaros (Steubenville, Ohio/Steubenville) and senior running back Isaiah Pead (Columbus, Ohio/Eastmoor Academy) were named to the watch list for the 75th Annual Maxwell Award Tuesday.
The Maxwell Award has been given to America's outstanding collegiate football player since 1937 and is named in honor of sportswriter Robert W. "Tiny" Maxwell.
Collaros, a unanimous First Team all-BIG EAST selection in 2010, made 11 starts, missing one game due to injury. He was 225-of-383 for 2,902 yards and 26 touchdowns. He led the BIG EAST in passing yards per game (263.8), total passing yards (2,902), total offense (282.2), and was third in pass efficiency (137.5).
He needs 662 yards passing, 181 completions, and 14 touchdowns to become only the second QB in UC history, along with Gino Guidugli (2001-04), to pass for 50 touchdowns, complete 500 passes, and throw for over 5,000 yards.
Pead was a Second Team all-BIG EAST honoree in 2010 after rushing for 1,029 yards and six touchdowns on 157 attempts, despite missing almost two full games due to injury. He ranked third in the league in rushing, but led the conference for the second-straight year with his 6.6 yards per carry average. That average ranks him in the top-10 of all running backs nationally.
Semifinalists for the Maxwell Award will be announced October 31 and the three finalists for each award will be unveiled on November 21. The winner of the 2011 Maxwell Award will be announced as part of the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Show held on December 8th. The formal presentation of these awards will be made at the Maxwell Football Club Awards Gala hosted by Harrah's Entertainment Atlantic City on March 2, 2012.
For the complete 2011 Maxwell Award Watch List, visit: www.maxwellfootballclub.org
The Bearcats, led by second-year head coach Butch Jones, return 18 starters from the 2010 squad, including unanimous First-Team All-BIG EAST quarterback Collaros, as well as a trio of Second-Team All-BIG EAST honorees in Pead (Columbus, Ohio/Eastmoor Academy), linebacker J.K. Schaffer (Cincinnati, Ohio/LaSalle) and wide receiver D.J. Woods (Strongsville, Ohio/Strongsville).
Season tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by calling 1-877-CATS-TIX or visiting CATSTIX.com. Single-game tickets will go on sale for UCATS members on July 11, 2011 and will be available to the general public on July 18.