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Canadian Quarterback Kurtis Rourke is Going to the Big 10, Commits to Indiana

Kurtis Rourke announced on Twitter Thursday that he has accepted an offer to commit to the University of Indiana for his final year of NCAA eligibility. He will bring a veteran presence to the Hoosiers who have a new head coach for their 2024 season, Cur Cignetti.

“I love the staff and the fact that they are winners,” Rourke told On3. “The offense also is similar to NFL offenses. There are many other reasons but those were the main ones.”

The 6’5, 231-pound quarterback also received offers from Vanderbilt, BYU, Wake Forest. The last 2 seasons for the Bobcats were tied for the most winningest two-year span for the Bobcats as they went 19-7 over that time.

Rourke has completed 66% of his passes over his time with the Ohio Bobcats racking up 7,650 yards and 50 touchdowns with 16 interceptions. 

Rourke’s strongest season was in 2022 when he was named the MAC’s Most Valuable Player of the Year. Over 11 games he completed 69% of his passes and averaged 13.3 yards per completion on his way to 3,256 yards and 25 touchdowns with 4 interceptions. He also rushed 74 times for 249 yards and 4 touchdowns in 2022.

This past season he played in 11 games and completed 64% of his passes for 2,207 yards and 11 touchdowns with 5 interceptions. Rourke also added 219 yards on the ground on 67 rushes and 4 touchdowns. He was named Second Team in the conference in 2023.

Kurtis Rourke is second in all-time passing yards for the Ohio Bobcats. He was listed as the top prospect by CFL Central Scouting ahead of the season among players eligible for the 2024 CFL Draft. He is the younger brother of Nathan Rourke who also played quarterback for the Bobcats was the CFL’s Most Oustanding Canadian in 2022 and is currently rostered on the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Rourke will have the opportunity to showcase his skills to NFL scouts against some of the top football teams in the country next year. Indiana is scheduled to play 3 teams that are currently ranked in the top 10 in the country in 2024. They will play Washington at home on October 26 who are currently ranked number 2. Indiana will host Michigan on November 9 who are currently ranked first. On November 23 they will travel to face Ohio State on the road who are currently ranked number 7 in the country.

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Jonathan Clink joined CFL News Hub in early April of 2023. His primary responsibilities are covering the BC Lions and Montreal Alouettes. He self awarded himself the CFL Rookie Journalist of the Year in 2023 following the 2023 CFL season. He also proclaims himself to be a "really cool guy". He was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba and lived a large portion of his childhood in Northwest Ontario. He currently lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan and misses being being able to have 4 months of skating every winter. Clink has written over 240 articles for CFL News Hub. He was the publication's boots on the ground at the 2023 Grey Cup in Hamilton. Clink has always had an obsession for sport and has a background in other sports as well having played hockey all his life and soccer, basketball, and lacrosse in high school. As a young child he used to log his hockey statistics after every game which is either an indication that he was destined for the role or perhaps and indication that he is rather strange.
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