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Fever Have Their Starting Quarterback

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KENNEWICK, Wash. --  The Tri-Cities Fever have named their starting quarterback.

It's former Zillah Leopard star Andy Collins. Head Coach Adam Shackleford says he chose Collins over Rookie Houston Lillard because of Collins' experience under center.

"With just two weeks of camp, I think Andy gives us the best chance to be successful right now," Shackleford said. "But Andy knows that his is going to be pushed all season."

Last season, Collins played in four games for the Stockton Lightning of the arenafootball2 league before getting hurt. In his limited time, Collins threw for 931 yards and 18 touchdowns. He also ran 25 times for 161 yards and seven more touchdowns. The 161 yards rushing turned out to be a team-high for the Lightning.

Collins, who is a three-time Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year at Occidental College, split time with the Los Angeles Avengers of the Arena Football League and the Lightning in 2008.

 The Fever open their season Monday at Fairbanks.