Scratching Pod: An in-depth interview with Ticats QB Zach Collaros

During CFL Week in Regina, I sat down with Ticat quarterback Zach Collaros  to talk about life in his hometown, the famous players the team has added to their negotiation list and his desire for a return to old school rivalries. The entire interview is available via podcast – and it’s worth a listen – while a condensed, edited is posted below.

Drew Edwards: Is it enjoyable to talk to other players in a more casual environment, without the pressure of the season?

Zach Collaros: It’s great to see teammates you haven’t seen since he season ended or former teammates. Odell Willis and Shawn Lemon, guys I talk a lot of crap to on the field, it’s good to see them because they are fun guys. I think sports has evolved to this situation where everybody is friends and I have more of an old school look on things – I’d rather it be that everybody hates each other. I was watching a CFL game from ’99 the other day and maybe it’s just because I’m nostalgic and I love stuff like that but it just seems like the guys were tougher, that they really wanted to hurt each other. I get hit, I don’t give it out but I just love that old style of football, the baggy jerseys, everybody celebrating together. I think the game needs more enthusiasm for each other not all ‘me me me.’

DE: Are you spending the off-season back home in Ohio?

ZC: I am. I’m living with my parents right now. It’s me, my parents and my niece – it’s awesome. My niece is five-years-old so it’s great that I get to see her every day and read her a bedtime story. As you get older, you cherish time with your parents more and more. I’m still dating a girl in Toronto and I’ll be in Hamilton several times before the season starts.

DE: You talk about growing up in Steubenville a lot and it obviously had a big impact on you. You still enjoy being there.

ZC: It’s not that small of town – it’s 20,000 people – but there’s a real community around our high school. Whether it’s my friends or their parents or coaches, it seems like we can always pick up where we left off. That’s what I love about living in a small town. It played a major role in my outlook on things, especially in sports: how you’re supposed yo play the game, why you play the game.

DE: Do you pay attention to things that go on around the team during the off-season like free agency?

ZC: I don’t follow a ton. I have Twitter and I like to follow the actual news but the rest of it is just procrastination. I try to focus every day on doing something that’s going to make me better at my job right now. They are paying my a lot of money to do what I do and I owe that to Kent and Scott and Bob and especially my teammates. What keeps me up at night is if I don’t do something during the day.

DE: What do you think about the Ticats putting NFL quarterbacks Colin Kaepernick and Robert Griffin III on their neg list?

ZC: I saw it, that’s football. It’s a business. If you think you can improve somewhere, that’s what you do. If it ever came down to it and they came to camp, it’s competition and that’s what brings the best out of people. Somebody is always trying to take your job. Always. I don’t think anything should be handed to anybody.

DE: That mentality can be tough to understand for people outside the game. Fans would see it as players feeling threatened or insulted.

ZC: Insulted is a bad way to look at it: who do I think I am? I’m not Tom Brady. I think Kaepernick would be great up here but I think he should be playing in the NFL.

DE: If we look at the young quarterbacks in the CFL that have some success – Bo Levi Mitchell, Jonathon Jennings, Trevor Harris, yourself – the commonality is that you all sat behind a more experienced guy for a period of time while you learned the CFL game. Was that a factor for you?

ZC: I don’t think I could have done it if I had just been thrown right in there, that would have been tough. In Toronto, I was fortunate enough to have Scott Milanovich, Marcus Brady, who played in the league, Ricky Ray and Jason Maas and Trevor, all in one room: it was awesome. Then in Hamilton, learning from Kent, who sees the game as a former player, (former offensive coordinatror) Tommy Condell who has his own perspective. (Teammate) Jeremiah Masoli has played at Oregon in a different style of offence than I’m used to and sees some things differently than I do. I’ve been really lucky.

Drew Edwards

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Drew Edwards is into his eighth season covering the CFL and the Ticats for the Hamilton Spectator. He is the founder and editor of 3DownNation.
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15 Comments on Scratching Pod: An in-depth interview with Ticats QB Zach Collaros

  1. Looking forward to Zach playing a full season for us and having the receivers get the time with him so they are always on the same page so our offence can be firing on all cylinders!!!

  2. Pat Lynch // April 11, 2017 at 5:08 am //

    Good interview Drew. Keep them coming!

  3. Seems the more you hear about the former oc Tommy Condell and how is safe to say his own perspective on that offence was his ticket out of town but that’s water under the bridge . Nice interview .looking forward to the upcoming season .

  4. Dan Bombers // April 11, 2017 at 7:26 am //

    If he can stay healthy the ticats should contend

  5. I listened to the full interview – Collaros is as great a young man as a person as he is as a quarterback. Looking forward to a great season with him behind centre.

  6. Collaros is due to be a giant in the league this season with defeats only to the Lions and the Stamps. Watch out and hold on tight Cat fans and all cfl fans.

    • Actually I couldn’t care less about the other teams outside the Stumps…10 straight regular season losses and counting (good grief last time TC’s beat them Glenn was their QB – and in Moncton of all places), and the Lions…tired of going to BC Place year after year only to watch TC’s collective asses get kicked. Hoping this streak of futility is broken against both these teams for upcoming season.

  7. The itch is slowly worsening…how many sleeps till camp. 🙂

    Well done!

  8. Dario Cueto // April 11, 2017 at 3:52 pm //

    Hey yo, Dario Cueto here. We take issue with the Drew’s shoddy questioning. Not that long ago GM Tillman essentially put Collaros on notice when he stated that Johny Manziel would dominate the CFL and Edwards makes no mention of it to Collaros. We wonder why ??? They put out my picture with silence because my identity by itself causes violence !!!

    • Nope. You got it wrong. Tillman stated that Manziel would dominate the club scene in the the greater Hamilton area. It’s okay – honest mistake.

      • Dario Cueto // April 12, 2017 at 11:23 am //

        Hey yo, the Philski. We think you underestimate the potential threat the Johny Manziel represents to the Collaros’ starting spot. And you’ll never, EVER, forget the name of … the Dario Cueto.

  9. The Iceman // April 14, 2017 at 10:03 am //

    two things. It is an extreme longshot that JM comes to the CFL.
    Second The Cats would trade his rights in a heartbeat. His neg rights are a lottery ticket. If Manziel decides to come North of the border the Argos will give up half their team to obtain his rights. The lottery ticket will be cashed in. Collaros is Austins guy.

  10. Off topic question How did Sinkfield become a free agent after last year in B C ?

    • He signed a contract for 2016. There is no longer a requirement for an option year so he was a free agent.

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