Football Places Seven On All-BIG EAST Teams|
Dec. 8, 2010
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The University of Cincinnati football team had seven student-athletes earn all-BIG EAST Conference honors, including first-team selections Zach Collaros (Steubenville, Ohio/Steubenville) and Armon Binns (Pasadena, Calif./Pasadena).
Collaros was a unanimous selection as the first-team quarterback while Binns earned one of two wide receiver spots. Binns was a second-team honoree in 2009.
Tight end Ben Guidugli (Fort Thomas, Ky./Highlands), center Jason Kelce (Cleveland Hts., Ohio/Cleveland Hts.), running back Isaiah Pead (Columbus, Ohio/Eastmood Academy), linebacker J.K. Schaffer (Cincinnati, Ohio/LaSalle), and wide receiver D.J. Woods (Strongsville, Ohio/Strongsville) were named to the second team.
Guidugli and Kelce were both second-team honorees in 2009.
Collaros 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).
Binns led the league in both receptions per game (6.2) and receiving yards per game (91.8). He caught 75 balls for 1,101 yards and a team-high 10 touchdowns. Binns became just the seventh UC receiver to eclipse the 1,000-yard mark in a single season and closed out his Bearcats career with a reception in 25 straight games. He had six 100-yard games over the season.
Guidugli was the fifth-leading receiver on the squad, catching 24 balls for 197 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Kelce made the switch to center from guard late in camp and did not miss a beat, providing leadership for the entire offense. He made 11 starts and helped pave the way for UC’s first 1,000-yard rusher since 2004, Pead.
Pead rushed 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.
Schaffer led the defense with his 111 tackles and 67 solo stops. It was the second-straight 100-tackle campaign for the junior. He also added 9.5 tackles for a loss, five pass break ups, three sacks, two forced fumbles, an interception, and a quarterback hurry.
Woods was second on the team with his 57 receptions for 898 yards and eight touchdowns. He was second in the BIG EAST in receiving yards per game (74.8) and third in receptions per game (5.3). He also added 153.4 all-purpose yards per game, which ranked second in the conference.