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Ohio Football Spring Practice Position Spotlight - Quarterbacks

Ohio Football Spring Practice Position Spotlight - Quarterbacks

Gone: Joey Duckworth

Returning: Nathan Rourke, Quinton Maxwell, Drew Keszei

Arriving: Joe Mischler (Early Signee '18) 

Analysis

Ohio returns both signal callers from a year ago who saw all the action under center for Ohio including second team All-MAC selection Nathan Rourke who will suit up for his junior season for the Bobcats after bursting onto the scene as a sophomore in 2017.

Rourke set Ohio records in rushing touchdowns (21), points scored (132), touchdowns scored (22) and touchdowns responsible for (39) while going 161-292 passing for 2,203 and rushing for 912. Rourke had 21 rushing touchdowns, 17 passing touchdowns and caught a pass for a score. 

Following the season, Rourke was named the Canadian Player of the Year by Krown Countdown U closing the book a truly record-breaking season.

Ohio also returns RS junior Quinton Maxwell who started two games for the Bobcats going 15-27 for 230 yards and two touchdowns.

RS freshman Drew Keszei sat out last season but has shown flashes of quality play including scoring a few rushing touchdowns in inter-squad scrimmages during spring camp.

Ohio's offense set records in points scored in a season (508), scoring average (39.1), yards per carry (5.7) and rushing touchdowns

Quote from Scott Isphording – Assistant Coach/Quarterbacks

"Nathan is back doing some things now we have him in pads, we are trying not to move too fast with him but it is hard because we want to get him out there. Quinton has had a great spring. He has had the spring that a guy who has been in the battles, that is how he has supposed to look he has done a great job all spring. Nine practices in he has only had two turnovers and one of them wasn't his fault, out of a few hundred reps that is pretty good. Drew has shown signs that he can do it and this was a big a spring for him as it was for anyone to get some reps."