ATHENS, Ohio -- The Ohio football team opened up its 2019 fall camp with the first of 19 morning practices at Peden Stadium under a sunny sky. The pads won't come on until next week, but the Bobcats came out onto the field entusiastic and ready to work.
Quarterback Nathan Rourke enters his third fall camp as the unquestioned leader of the Bobcats and is locked in and focused on delivering the program's first Mid-American Conference title in 51 years. Rourke has earned All-MAC Second Team honors each of the last two seasons and enters his senior campaign ranked first in program history with a career passing efficiency rating of 144.3, second with 40 career passing touchdowns, third with 36 career rushing touchdowns and fourth with 4,637 career passing yards. His 77 career touchdowns responsible for rank as the second-most in program history and are the third-most in NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision over the last two seasons.
It's time to lock in! Last time around as a Bobcat, time to eliminate all distractions, can't wait to get started! #51years— Nathan Rourke (@nathan_rourke) August 1, 2019
Although the Oakville, Ontario, Canada, native has begun has annual in-season social media hiatus, he did speak with the media following Friday's practice. Check out what he had to say below.
On the emotions of day one of fall camp:
"It's the first time we get out there. Obviously, we're really excited to get going. I try to harness that into getting other people going and getting there energy going. It's really easy to feel good and be excited about the first practice. It's going to be about having that same type of energy in practice 10."
On how he helps the team keep its energy level throughout camp:
"Leading by example. I've got to bring that energy and be excited in day 20, day 10, and kind of bring everybody up to my level. Positivity is contagious in terms of energy."
On his assessment of the team heading into camp:
"I think we've got a lot of pieces where we want them to be. I think we're very talented. Fall camp is all about staying healthy. Coach Izzy (quarterbacks coach Scott Isphording) always talks about how we can get better, we can execute at a higher level in terms of the offense. We're going to have to execute at a really high level and get better and build off each day. I like where we're at. We've got to keep going and getting better. We've got to clean up the turnovers. We had three today from the QB standpoint."
2019 Ohio Football Fall Camp Remaining Practice Schedule
Practice 2 – Aug. 3 – 9:05 a.m.
Practice 3 – Aug. 4 – 9:05 a.m.
Practice 4 – Aug. 5 – 9:05 a.m.
Practice 5 – Aug. 6 – 9:05 a.m.
Practice 6 – Aug. 8 – 9:05 a.m.
Practice 7 – Aug. 9 – 9:05 a.m.
Practice 8 – Aug. 10 – 9 a.m.
Practice 9 – Aug. 12 – 9:05 a.m.
Practice 10 – Aug. 13 – 9:05 a.m.
Practice 11 – Aug. 14 – 8:40 a.m.
Practice 12 – Aug. 15 – 9:05 a.m.
Practice 13 – Aug. 16 – 9:05 a.m.
Practice 14 – Aug. 17 – 9 a.m.
Practice 15 – Aug. 19 – 9:05 a.m.
Practice 16 - Aug. 20 - 9:05 a.m.
Practice 17 - Aug. 21 - 8 a.m.
Practice 18 - Aug. 22 - 8 a.m.
Practice 19 - Aug. 23 - 9:15 a.m.