Zach Collaros practices, status still unsure

Cincinnati quarterback Zach Collaros participated in a little more than half the team's practice on Tuesday before going to see medical personnel.

Tuesday was Collaros' first big test on the bruised knee he incurred in Friday's 38-30 loss to South Florida. Head coach Butch Jones said he would evaluate Collaros in practice this week before deciding on a starter for Saturday's game against Syracuse at Nippert Stadium.

Collaros was spotted using crutches and wearing a knee brace earlier in the day, but he had been doing that for precautionary reasons since Friday, team officials said.

Collaros leads the Big East in passing yards, passer efficiency rating and touchdowns. He's tied for fourth in the nation in points responsible for per game.

If the junior can't play Saturday, then Chazz Anderson will start. Anderson relieved Collaros on the final drive last week and led the Bearcats from their own 29 to the South Florida 16 before throwing an incompletion on fourth down. Anderson started against Marshall and Rutgers in 2008 when Tony Pike was hurt, winning both games.

"When you prepare during the week like you’re the starter, because that’s what you have to do when you’re the backup quarterback, you kind of have to always be ready,” Anderson told the Cincinnati Enquirer. "I’ve played before. I’ve seen it. I’ve done it. So I just go out there and get the playmakers involved.”