Nov. 8, 2009
For the third time this season, a University of Cincinnati football student-athlete is one of four finalists for this week's AT&T All-America Player of the Week Award with quarterback Zach Collaros earning a spot on this week's list.
He joins Stanford RB Toby Gerhart, Ohio State DE Cameron Heyward, and Texas WR Jordan Shipley in this week's top-four.
Collaros led the No. 5 Bearcats (9-0, 5-0 BIG EAST) to a 47-45 win over Connecticut at a sold-out Nippert Stadium on Saturday night.
The sophomore signal-caller set a BIG EAST Conference record with 555 yards of total offense (480 passing, 75 rushing). He was 29-of-37 for 480 yards and one TD through the air and carried the ball 13 times for 75 yards and two touchdowns. His 480 yards passing was the fourth 400-yard passing game in school history and ranks second all-time in UC history behind Greg Cook who threw for 554 against Ohio in 1968.
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The finalists were selected by a panel of analysts from ESPN as this week's top candidates.
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There is no limit on fan voting and each vote counts as one entry into a sweepstakes to win a trip to the 2010 Bowl Championship Series National Championship game in Pasadena, Calif. Full sweepstakes rules can be found at www.espnallamerica.com/rules.aspx.
UC continues a three-game homestand this weekend, taking on West Virginia Friday at 8 p.m. at Nippert Stadium. Tickets for the game are sold out and the game will be televised in HD by ESPN2.