B.C. Lions head coach and co-general manager Rick Campbell is curious to see what Canadian quarterback Nathan Rourke can do in the CFL.
The Lions officially signed Rourke to a three-year contract through the 2023 season on May 19.
“Let’s hope the games are out of hand in our favour. I hope I run into that problem a lot. I really like Nathan. He was in the previous year’s draft and we drafted him high for a reason,” Campbell told Kamloops This Week.
After the six-foot-two, 209-pound Rourke transferred from Fort Scott Community College, the dual-threat QB enjoyed three 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 Ohio 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 rookie mini-camp with the New York Giants.
“He’s going to be able to come in and compete right away, so we’ll see what he’s got. I know he’s a winner. His college career, [Ohio University] won three bowl games. They hadn’t come close to that before,” Campbell said.
“There is something to be said for guys who are winners, especially at the quarterback position. I really look forward to getting out there and seeing what he does. If it fits right, then we’ll use him. I know he’s excited about it, too, so looking forward to seeing how that develops.”
Rourke will have the opportunity to learn from the Lions’ franchise man Mike Reilly while he learns the ins and outs of the pro game in Canada.