Canadian QB Nathan Rourke selected for Manning Passing Academy

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Canadian and Ohio University quarterback Nathan Rourke has been selected to attend the Manning Passing Academy.

The camp was founded in 1996 by Archie Manning with sons Peyton and Eli now playing a prominent role. It’s a four day event scheduled for June 27-30 at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana. 36 of the top NCAA quarterbacks are invited each year. Current Toronto Argos pivot Brandon Bridge is the last QB from Canada to attend.

After one year at Fort Scott junior college, Rourke took over the Ohio University No. 1 QB job in 2017. During 13 games Rourke had a 55.1 completion rate throwing for 2,203 yards, 17 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Rourke rolled up lots of yards (907) and touchdowns (21) on the ground with a 6.6 yards-per-carry average. Ohio went 9-4 and won the Bahamas Bowl with Rourke at the helm of the offence.

Rourke started all 13 games for Ohio University last season leading the Bobcats to a win in the Frisco Bowl and a 9-4 overall record. He completed 164-of-274 of his passes (59.9 per cent) for 2,434 yards, 23 touchdowns and eight interceptions while carrying the ball 134 times for 860 yards, and 15 touchdowns.

Rourke has been chosen among the NCAA’s best at the quarterback position by the Manning’s heading into his senior season at Ohio.