Ohio quarterback Nathan Rourke put on another show on Saturday. The Oakville, Ontario native was unbelievable in Ohio’s 27-20 win over Eastern Michigan. Rourke threw for 197 yards, two touchdowns, and no interceptions. The sophomore quarterback has fully taken over starting duties from redshirt sophomore Quinton Maxwell. Maxwell played some consistent football in 2016, after taking over the starting job half way through the year. However, Rourke’s stellar play has been too good to go unnoticed.
Rourke’s accuracy and poise in the pocket is bringing Ohio’s offense to a new level. In Ohio’s lone loss of the season to Purdue, Rourke shows his touch with a touchdown pass to wide receiver Cameron Odom:
Ohio fans are raving about Rourke. Bobcat nation clearly have no problem with keeping the Canadian gunslinger in at starting quarterback:
The fans have decided. Ohio has decided, and I think Nathan Rourke has decided that he is here to stay. Through four games, Rourke has 632 passing yards, five touchdowns, and zero interceptions. Moreover, the 6’2″ quarterback boasts a 150.1 quarterback rating in 2017.
There is still some skepticism about Rourke because college quarterbacks are like a box of chocolates; you never know what you are going to get. I know one thing, Rourke is a winner and winning quarterbacks in the NCAA have had very successful careers (i.e. Tim Tebow).
The Canadian signal caller broke records every he went before Ohio. Rourke started his high school career in Oakville, then moved onto Alabama, and before going to Ohio went to JUCO in Kansas. Just to put Rourke’s dominance into perspective; when he was in Alabama he threw for 3,779 yards and 59 touchdowns. This kid has the WOW factor.
I’ll leave you with this. Rourke’s game winner on Saturday against Eastern Michigan: