B.C. Lions officially sign Canadian quarterback Nathan Rourke

The B.C. Lions have signed Canadian quarterback Nathan Rourke to a three-year contract through the 2023 season,

The Victoria native was selected in the second round, 15th overall during the 2020 CFL Draft.

“I’m really excited to be able to work with this organization and happy to be able to focus on helping the Lions this season and beyond,” said Rourke in a statement.

“Rick Campbell and Jordan Maksymic are putting together a really good offence, we’ve got some good weapons here and it’s going to be a fun quarterback room to be a part of. I’m definitely excited to see what it all looks like.”

After the six-foot-two, 209-pound Rourke transferred from Fort Scott Community College, the dual-threat QB enjoyed three very productive seasons at Ohio University (2017-2019). With the Bobcats, Rourke passed for 7,475 yards and 70 touchdowns while also adding 2,639 yards and 49 touchdowns on the ground through 35 total games.

Rourke also led the Bobcats to three consecutive Bowl game wins including his MVP performance in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl to wrap up his NCAA career. Rourke most recently attended mini-camp with the New York Giants.

Rourke’s signing also ensures the Lions will have all seven players selected in the 2020 CFL Draft under contract and on hand to start training camp.

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