July 15, 2011
University of Cincinnati senior quarterback Zach Collaros (Steubenville, Ohio/Steubenville) was named to the watch list for the 2011 Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award® (The O'Brien) Friday.
The O'Brien is presented annually to the nation's best college quarterback and is the oldest and most prestigious national quarterback award.
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.
He was also named to the watch list for the 75th Annual Maxwell Award on July 5, 2011.
For the complete 2011 Davey O'Brien Award Watch List, visit: www.DaveyOBrien.org.
The Foundation and the Selection Committee will announce three finalists on Monday, Nov. 21. The 2011 Davey O'Brien winner will be announced on The Home Depot College Football Awards on Thursday, Dec. 8. The 35th Annual Davey O'Brien Awards Dinner will be held Feb. 20, 2012 in Fort Worth, Texas.
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 running back Isaiah 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.