Canadian quarterback Nathan Rourke works out for Arizona Cardinals

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Canadian quarterback Nathan Rourke worked out and visited the Arizona Cardinals on Tuesday, per sources.

The 24-year-old is coming off a sensational season in the CFL during which he completed 78.7 percent of his pass attempts for 3,349 yards with 25 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He also ran the football 39 times for 304 yards and seven scores, becoming the first quarterback to win the league’s Most Outstanding Canadian award since 1980.

Rourke went 8-1 as a starter before undergoing surgery in August to repair a Lisfranc sprain in his foot. Though the injury was originally thought to be season-ending, he was able to return for the final week of the regular season and play the first quarter of a meaningless contest against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

He started the West Semi-Final the following week and threw for 321 yards with two touchdowns in a 30-16 victory over the Calgary Stampeders. He and his team were eliminated from postseason contention against Winnipeg the following week after he threw for 300 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions in a 28-20 loss in the West Final.

The six-foot-two, 209-pound passer was a three-year starter at Ohio University from 2017-2019 where he threw for 7,457 yards with 60 touchdowns and 20 interceptions. He also recorded 425 carries for 2,634 yards and 49 scores along the ground but received a small amount of NFL interest coming out of the NCAA.

Over two-thirds of NFL teams have shown interest in the Victoria B.C., native. In December, Rourke has worked out for the Las Vegas Raiders, Jacksonville Jaguars, Indianapolis Colts, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Minnesota Vikings.

Early in the 2022 CFL season, Rourke garnered attention from NFL personnel people.

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