Collaros to start in Liberty Bowl

As expected, Cincinnati will start Zach Collaros at quarterback in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl against Vanderbilt, coach Butch Jones said Thursday.

Collaros missed the final three regular-season games after breaking his ankle against West Virginia.

"He's done an outstanding job," Jones told reporters in Memphis, Tenn. "He's worked himself back into being game ready. Today was a culmination of a couple weeks and we wanted to see how he would mange the game-like situations today. He's 100 percent."

Jones added that Collaros has been battling the flu more than his ankle in the past few days.