Yahoo Contributor Network
This article was created on the Yahoo Contributor Network, where users like you are published on Yahoo every day. Learn more »Yahoo Contributor Network
Injury Update: Cincinnati Quarterback Returns from Injury, Practices with Team Prior to Bowl
Cincinnati Bearcats quarterback Zach Collaros is defying all odds. He broke his ankle in Cincinnati's loss on Nov. 12 to West Virginia and the Bearcats said he would miss the rest of the regular season.
Collaros began rehabbing his ankle and said he wanted to get back on the field for the bowl game, whoever that happened to be against. Cincinnati head football coach Butch Jones said that for Collaros to return he would have to prove something this last week and called it critical that he make some progress.
On Dec. 19, Collaros took the field and practiced with his teammates. He had not done much in the way of running on solid ground so the team needed to see how he responded. On one practice play, he took the shotgun snap, faked a handoff and then stepped up and threw a perfect pass.
That might have convinced Collaros, Jones and the Cincinnati teammates that their star quarterback is ready to come back and play in his final game for the Bearcats on New Year's Eve against Vanderbilt in the Liberty Bowl. Collaros is a senior.
Jones said the next step in determining Collaros' playing will be to see how his body reacted to the practice.
Collaros finished his senior season throwing for 1,860 passing yards with 14 touchdowns in his nine games that he played. The quarterback also ran for 242 yards with eight more touchdowns on the ground. It is not known if his return will also allow him to run like he did before he injured his ankle.
"I think if you didn't know what he had suffered, you wouldn't see it," Jones told ESPN. "But obviously we see it because we know what he's been through. We still have some time (for healing) before the game."
Collaros said the ankle still hurts sometimes and he is worried about pushing it too much. He also admitted that he will throw the ball a lot more than he did before, working with the offense the Bearcats implemented with replacement quarterback Munchie Legaux.
Jones said the final test to determine if Collaros plays will be if he is able to scramble without injury.
Note: This article was written by a Yahoo! contributor. Sign up here to start publishing your own sports content.