Oakville’s Rourke up for CFL’s Most Outstanding Canadian


Published November 1, 2022 at 4:50 pm

Oakville native Nathan Rourke is leaving the CFL and has inked a deal to quarterback the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars. CFL.CA PHOTO

Oakville native Nathan Rourke is being recognized by the Canadian Football League for his record-breaking season with the BC Lions.

The Lions quarterback was named the West Division finalist for the Most Outstanding Canadian on Tuesday (Nov. 1).

Toronto Argonauts wide receiver Kurleigh Gittens Jr. is the East Division finalist.

The BC pivot’s play through the opening nine games was the league’s major story before a foot injury on Aug. 19 in Saskatchewan sidelined him.

Up to then, Rourke led the league in every major passing category including completions (248) passing yards (3,281) and passing touchdowns (25).

The 24-year-old broke Gerry Dattilio’s 41-year-old single-game passing record for Canadian quarterbacks with a 436- yard performance in a win over Toronto in the third week of the schedule.

He would then go on to break his own record in back-to-back weeks with 477 yards in an Aug. 6 win over Edmonton and 488 yards in a comeback victory at Calgary.

Rourke also wreaked havoc on opponents with his running game, scampering for seven touchdowns and 304 yards on 24 carries.

The Oakville native has completed an extensive rehab process following his foot surgery and is expected to return to the lineup with the Lions this Friday (Nov. 4) in Winnipeg.

Rourke is the second Lion in as many years to be nominated for the award. Last season teammate Bo Lokombo won the award.

Gittens Jr. completed the 2022 campaign fifth in receptions (81), sixth in receiving yards (1,101), first in yards after the catch (483) and tied for seventh in touchdown receptions (5).

The 2022 CFL Awards will be handed out during Grey Cup week on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022 in Regina, Sask.

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