TORONTO -- The Canadian Football League (CFL) Scouting Bureau ranks senior quarterback Nathan Rourke (Oakville, Ontario, Canada) of the Ohio football team No. 3 in its first edition of its top-20 eligible prospects list.
The CFL Scouting Bureau, comprised of CFL scouts, as well as, player personnel directors and general managers from the league's nine clubs, releases its rankings three times each year: in September, December and April.
A two-time All-Mid-American Conference Second Team has played in 28 games with 26 starts over the last three seasons with the Bobcats and owns an 18-8 record as a starting quarterback. Rourke is ranked first in program history with a career passing efficiency rating of 143.9, second with 42 career passing touchdowns and 178.6 passing yards per game, fourth with 5,002 career passing yards, fourth with a career completion percentage of 57.9 percent (356-of-615), fifth with 14.1 career yards per completion and fourth with 356 career completions. He has also tallied 37 career rushing touchdowns, which ranks as the third-most in program history, and has rushed for more touchdowns than any other quarterback in NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision over the last two-plus seasons. Rourke has been responsible for 80 career touchdowns -- the second-most in program history and the third-most in NCAA FBS over the last two-plus seasons. He ranks third in program history with 38 career touchdowns scored and sixth with 228 career points scored. Rourke is a two-time winner of the Joe Cornish Trophy, which is awarded annually to the most outstanding Canadian player in NCAA Football. He has helped guide Ohio to a pair of bowl victories, with the Bobcats topping UAB, 41-6, in the 2017 Bahamas Bowl and shutting out San Diego State, 27-0, in the 2018 DXL Frisco Bowl.
Through two games in 2019, Rourke has completed 31 of 49 passes (63.3 percent completion percentage) for 365 yards (182.5 yards per game) and two touchdowns. He has also rushed for 32 yards and a score.
A physical activity & sport coaching major, Rourke has also excelled in the classroom, earning both Academic All-MAC and MAC Distinguished Scholar Athlete recognition following his 2018 junior season.
Rourke arrived at Ohio after playing one year at Fort Scott Community College (Fort Scott, Kansas) in 2016. He played his senior year of high school at Edgewood Academy in Elmore, Ala., after playing his first three years of high school football at Holy Trinity High School in Oakville, Ontario, Canada.
Prior to the start of the 2019 season, Rourke was named to the Maxwell Award, Davey O'Brien Award, Walter Camp Player of the Year Award, College Football Performance Awards National Performer of the Year Trophy, Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award and Manning Award watch lists watch lists. He also participated in the Manning Passing Academy as a camp counselor in June.
Ohio (1-1) faces another road test in week three of the 2019 season, paying a visit to Huntington, W. Va., to renew its "Battle for the Bell" rivalry with Marshall (1-1). The Bobcats and the Thundering Herd will square off on Saturday (Sept. 14), in a 6:30 p.m. ET matchup at Joan C. Edwards Stadium. Ohio opened the season with a 41-20 victory over Rhode Island on Aug. 31 at Peden Stadium but fell on the road at Pitt last Saturday (Sept. 7), 20-10.
Saturday's contest will be broadcast live on Stadium Facebook, with Noah Coslov, Ike Ndukwe and Amina Smith on the call. The game can also be heard on the Ohio Sports Network from Learfield IMG College. Russ Eisenstein returns for his 12th season as the "Voice of the Bobcats." Ohio Alum Rob Cornelius has been a part of the broadcasts for two decades. WXTQ (Power 105) in Athens returns as the 11-station network's flagship.The broadcasts are also available online through TuneIn.com/OhioBobcats and on the TuneIn app.