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One of the Danettes, Paul Pabst, the executive producer, reminded Patrick about the Ohio University attack led by a dual-threat Canadian.

“Before the show I pitched you, let me do a full hour on the CFL draft, and you said, ‘No freaking way,'” Pabst said on Friday, May 1 (50:50 mark).

“But I got one for you that you’re really going to like: the B.C. Lions in the second round, took quarterback Nathan Rourke out of Ohio, the Ohio Bobcats quarterback…MAC superstar.”

Rourke tied the mark for highest Canadian QB selected in the CFL draft, Jesse Palmer was chosen 15th by the Montreal Alouettes in 2001. Over three seasons at Ohio, Rourke produced 7,313 passing yards, 60 touchdowns compared to 20 interceptions and rushed for 2,552 yards with 48 touchdowns plus three receptions for 20 yards and two touchdowns — program-record 110 total touchdowns.

“I love that offence. I loved watching Ohio U — Frank Solich. He’s done a great job there, a little #MACtion there. I liked Ohio U,” Patrick said.

The Oakville native finished his Ohio career with a 24-13 record as a starting quarterback and was under centre for three-straight bowl victories. Ohio matched the University of Toledo (1969-1971) and Miami University (1973-1975) for the most consecutive bowl wins in Mid-American Conference history. 

Patrick recalled watching Rourke lead the Bobcats to victory in the 2019 Idaho Potato Bowl while earning MVP honours. Perhaps Patrick will follow Rourke’s career north of the border. If The DP Show needs any goods on the CFL or rising Canadians, just give 3DownNation a call. 

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Justin Dunk is a CFL insider, sports reporter and news anchor.