A trio of Canadian prospects are getting ready to strut their stuff in front of scouts from both sides of the border.
Ohio quarterback Nathan Rourke, Laval offensive lineman Ketel Asse, and UCLA placekicker J.J. Molson will be in Pasadena, California for the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl on January 18. Kick-off is set for 5 p.m. eastern time on Fox Sports 1.
Rourke recently capped an outstanding career with the Bobcats in a victory over Nevada in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. The Oakville, Ontario native threw for 7,457 yards and 60 touchdowns in 39 games at Ohio, also rushing for 2,634 yards and 49 scores. He is arguably the best Canadian quarterback prospect of the past two decades.
Asse is a behemoth at six-foot-seven and 300 pounds who has been an All-Canadian for the past two seasons with the Rouge et Or. The Haitian-born blocker helped Laval’s offence average 215 rushing yards per game while allowing just six sacks in 2019.
Molson is a place-kicking specialist who has booted 43 of 60 field goal attempts in 39 games at UCLA with a long of 50 yards. The Montreal native is an eight-generation descendant of John Molson, the founder of Molson Brewery.
Canadian offensive linemen Alex Fontana and Maurice Simba participated in last year’s game. Simba was later invited to minicamp with the Kansas City Chiefs in April, though he was not offered a contract.
Fontana went on to be drafted seventh overall by the Ottawa Redblacks, dressing for all 18 games as the club’s reserve centre in 2019. Simba was selected by the Toronto Argonauts in the fourth round and spent most of the year on the practice roster.
This year’s game will be coached by a pair of former AFC North foes — Hue Jackson and Marvin Lewis. Past bench bosses for the showcase include Mike Martz, Mike Holmgren, Herm Edwards, and Dick Vermeil.