Oakville’s Rourke second in voting for top Canadian in NCAA football

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Published December 15, 2022 at 12:25 pm

Oakville's Kurtis Rourke, a quarterback with Ohio University, was runnerup in voting for the 2022 Cornish Trophy as the most outstanding Canadian player in NCAA football. OHIO UNIVERSITY PHOTO

Oakville native Kurtis Rourke was runnerup in voting for the 2022 Cornish Trophy.

The Ohio Bobcats quarterback finished second in voting to University of Illinois junior runningback Chase Brown of London, On.

The Jon Cornish Trophy is awarded to the Canadian student-athlete who has been the most outstanding player in NCAA Football.

Rourke, 22, was named the Mid-American Conference (MAC) player of the year in 2022. The junior was fifth in the nation in passing until sustaining a knee injury in Ohio’s second to last game, finishing with 3,256 yards passing yards and 25 touchdowns, good for 20th in the NCAA.

The pivot was also selected the MAC Offensive Player of the Year and first-team all-conference QB. Rourke guided the Bobcats to an 8-3 record with him as the starter and helped them make their first appearance in the MAC Championship since 2016.

Rourke broke the Ohio school record for passing yards in a game, going 41-of-50 for 537 yards and four touchdowns. The record had stood since 1983.

Rounding out the top five in Cornish Trophy voting were Sydney Brown, a senior defensive back from London, ON. with Illinois University, Jared Wayne, a junior wide receiver from Peterborough with Pitt University and Tavius Robinson, a senior defensive lineman from Guelph with Ole Miss.

Voting for the Jon Cornish Trophy is done by Canadian journalists, player personnel evaluators from the Canadian Football League, former NCAA players connected to Canada and the panellists from the TSN Krown Gridiron Nation TV programs.

The award is named after Jon Cornish, a former high school football player from British Columbia who was a college standout running back at the University of Kansas.

Presented since 2017, the award is handed out at and in conjunction with the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in Hamilton on an annual basis.

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