Canadian QB Nathan Rourke accepts invite to NFLPA Bowl

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Canadian quarterback Nathan Rourke has accepted an invite to the NFLPA Bowl.

Founded in 2012, the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl gives prospective pro players an opportunity to showcase their talents to potential employers. Nearly 200 scouts, player personnel staff, general managers and head coaches from all 32 NFL teams are expected be in attendance to watch live practices, conduct player interviews and review tape.

During his senior season at Ohio University, Rourke threw for 2,676 yards, 20 touchdowns against five interceptions with a 61.4 completion percentage. He rushed for 780 yards and 12 touchdowns, averaging 5.4 yards-per-carry. The Bobcats went 6-6 and earned a Famous Idaho Potato Bowl spot. The physical activity and sport coaching major, earned 2019 All-Mid-American Conference first-team honours.

Rourke started all 13 games as a junior and led 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 (6.4 yards-per-carry) and 15 touchdowns.

After one year at Fort Scott junior college, Rourke took over Ohio’s No. 1 QB job in 2017. Through 13 games Rourke had a 55.1 completion rate passing for 2,203 yards, 17 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Rourke rolled up 912 yards and 21 touchdowns on the ground with a 6.7 yards-per-carry average. Ohio went 9-4 and won the Bahamas Bowl with Rourke at the helm of the offence.

Over three seasons at Ohio, Rourke produced 7,313 passing yards, 60 touchdowns compared to 20 interceptions and 2,552 rushing yards with 48 touchdowns plus three receptions for 20 yards and two touchdowns — program-record 110 total touchdowns. He finished with a 23-13 win-loss record as a starting quarterback for the Bobcats.

The six-foot-two, 2010-pound dual-threat passer has the skills to succeed at the pro level. Rourke, the Oakville native, is catching the attention of scouts on both sides of the border.

Justin Dunk is a football insider, sports reporter and anchor.