TORONTO -- The Canadian Football League (CFL) Scouting Bureau ranks senior quarterback Nathan Rourke (Oakville, Ontario, Canada) of the Ohio football team No. 3 in its second edition of its top-20 eligible prospects list.
The CFL Scouting Bureau, comprised of CFL scouts, as well as, player personnel directors and general managers from the league's nine clubs, releases its rankings three times each year: in September, December and April.
On the same day he was named to the CFL's prospect list, Rourke also received an invitation to compete in the The NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, which will be held on Jan. 18, 2020, at Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, Calif. Founded in 2012, the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl gives prospective players the best opportunity to showcase their talents to potential employers and fans. Nearly 200 scouts, player personnel staff, general managers and head coaches from all 32 NFL teams are expected be in attendance to watch live practices, conduct player interviews and review tape.
Welcome to #Pasadena | The #NFLPABowl would like to welcome @OhioFootball QB Nathan Rourke (@nathan_rourke).— The Collegiate Bowl (@NFLPABowl) December 10, 2019
The dual-threat QB rushed for > 2500 career yds to go along with 60:20 pass TD to INT ratio. Our scouts like his field-vision and accuracy! #BleedGreen #MakeYourMarkinLA pic.twitter.com/ItvOxR6iD6
Rourke, a physical activity & sport coaching major, earned 2019 All-Mid-American Conference First Team honors last week after being named All-MAC Second Team each of the previous two seasons. He joins Bill Frederick (1953), Dave Wagner (1959, '60), Bob Babbitt (1962), Cleve Bryant (1968), Andy Vetter (1977) and Sammy Shon (1981) as the only quarterbacks in program history to be named All-MAC First Team and becomes the first Ohio quarterback to be named All-MAC three times in his career.
Rourke, who started all 12 regular season games for Ohio in 2019, set career highs with 191 completions (eighth-most in program history) and 311 attempts (ninth-most in program history) for a career-best 61.4 percent completion percentage (sixth-best in program history) and threw for a career-high 2,676 yards (fourth-most in program history) with a career-high 223.0 yards per game (fourth-most in program history). He threw 20 touchdown passes (third-most in MAC, tied for fourth-most in program history) against a career-low five interceptions. He threw for at least 200 yards seven times this season and at least 300 yards twice, including a career-high 342 in a 45-38 win over Kent State on Oct. 19. He threw multiple touchdown passes seven times, including three outings with at least three touchdown passes and a career-high tying four touchdown passes in a Rourke has also maintained his status as a top dual-threat quarterback, ranking second on the team with 780 rushing yards (10th-most in MAC) and leading the team with 12 rushing touchdowns (tied for fourth-most in MAC, tied for ninth-most in program history). He accounted for a career-high 3,456 yards of total offense (first in MAC, second-most in program history) and a career-high 288.0 yards of total offense per game (second-most in MAC, most in program history). Rourke ranked second on the team with 78 points, scoring 13 total touchdowns (fifth-most in MAC, tied for ninth-most in program history), including one receiving touchdown. His 33 touchdowns responsible for rank as the fourth-most in program history. He was named MAC East Division Offensive Player of the Week three times this season, bringing his career total to nine.
A two-time team captain, Rourke has played in 38 career games for the Bobcats, starting the last 36. He owns a 23-13 record as a starting quarterback. Rourke is ranked first in program history with a career passing efficiency rating of 146.9 and 192.4 passing yards per game, second with 516 completions, 7,313 passing yards, and 60 career passing touchdowns, third with 877 passing attempts and a completion percentage of 58.8 percent and fifth with 14.0 yards per completion. He ranks second in program history with 48 career rushing touchdowns (second-most among active Football Bowl Subdivision players, most among active FBS quarterbacks) and 6.1 rushing yards per carry and ninth with 2,547 rushing yards and 67.0 rushing yards per game. He ranks second in program history with 9,860 career yards of total offense and first with 259.5 yards of total offense per game. He ranks first in program history with 50 career touchdowns scored (third-most among active FBS players) and fourth with 300 points and has been responsible for a program-record 110 touchdowns (second-most among active FBS players).
Rourke helped Ohio (6-6, 5-3 MAC) to an 11th-straight year of bowl eligibility in 2019. The Bobcats accepted an invitation to play in the 23rd Famous Idaho Potato Bowl against Nevada (7-5, 4-4 MW). The game will be played on Friday, Jan. 3, at Albertsons Stadium in Boise, Idaho. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. ET/1:30 p.m. MT, and the contest will be nationally televised on ESPN. The game can also be heard on the radio on the Ohio Sports Network from Learfield IMG College, with "Voice of the Bobcats" Russ Eisenstein and Ohio alum Rob Cornelius on the call. Click here for ticket information.