Collaros Shines In First CFL Start

TORONTO – Former Steubenville Big Red and Cincinnati Bearcats star Zach Collaros made his first career start in the Canadian Football League one to remember Tuesday night as he led his Toronto Argonauts to a 38-12 victory against the BC Lions.

Collaros, who spent most of last season on the injured list and sat No. 4 on the depth chart behind Ricky Ray, Jarious Jackson and Trevor Harris, got the start in this one after Ray suffered a knee injury against Winnipeg in his last game July 19.

Collaros looked like a seasoned veteran. He completed 21 of 25 passes for 253 yards and three touchdowns in the victory. Also making his first career start was running back Curtis Steele, who had 12 rushes for 74 yards and two TDs.

Trailing 3-0 at the end of the first quarter, Collaros quickly started the second quarter by side-stepping a blitz and delivering his first CFL touchdown pass to Jason Barnes, turning a potential sack into seven points and an Argos lead.

Collaros’ second touchdown pass came after the teams traded possessions and he rolled out to the right of the pocket and found fullback Zander Robinson in the flat, putting Toronto up 14-3 at halftime.

At that point, Collaros was 11 of 13 for 111 yards and two touchdowns. He also added six rushes for 23 yards.

His third touchdown pass went to John Chiles, staking the Argos to a 21-9 third-quarter lead.

Collaros, 24, worked out with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after the NFL Draft but did not make the team. He then moved to the CFL, where he completed 7 of 11 passes for 101 yards and one touchdown in his only action as a rookie. In the first preseason game of the 2013 CFL season, he completed 9 of 12 passes for 95 yards and a touchdown.

Collaros appeared in 41 games during his career at Cincinnati.

The Argos travel to Montreal in Week 7 for a divisional showdown with the Alouettes following their Week 6 bye.