NCAA 2017 Bowl Schedule: Nathan Rourke, Julian Laurent, Neville Gallimore and Chase Claypool highlight 25 Canadians

AutoNation Cure Bowl – December 16th at 2:30pm
Georgia State v.s Western Kentucky

DT #91 Julian Laurent, Georgia St. (Toronto, ON)
Julian Laurent is entering his final contest with Georgia State as a redshirt senior, and although he joined the program late after a stint at New Mexico Military Institute, he’s done more than enough to leave his mark on campus. As a rookie in 2015 he was predominantly a backup but still ended up with 11 tackles, one tackle for a loss and a blocked extra point, then the following year he became a full time starter registering 28 tackles, including a game-high eight against Air Force. In nine games this year Laurent racked up 20 tackles which helped the Panthers to a 5-3 conference record, and he also ranked 5th on the CFL Scouting Bureau’s December Rankings. Laurent played high school football at ESC Renaissance in Aurora, Ontario before joining New Mexico MI.

Raycom Media Camellia Bowl – December 16th at 8:00pm
Middle Tennessee St. v.s Arkansas St.

REC #18 Justin McInnis, Arkansas St. (Pierrefonds, QC)
Justin McInnis is in his junior year at Arkansas State, and he’s already become an impact player the Red Wolves can rely on to pick up yardage and was named to the All-Sun Belt Third Team Offence. Last season he caught 10 passes for 83 yards and a touchdown, but 2017 was a different story with McInnis hauling in 42 receptions for 693 yards and one touchdown in 11 games. The highlight of the year came in Arkansas State’s 67-50 win over Louisiana Monroe where he recorded nine receptions for 211 yards, and he managed to catch at least one pass in every game this season. McInnis played at Lindsay Place H.S in Pointe Claire, QC before heading to Dodge City Community College in the NJCAA.

DB #36 Kamau Farrell-Burke, Middle Tennessee St. (Toronto, ON)
Kamau Farrell-Burke joined Mid-Tennessee St. as a junior after making his name at Western Arizona where he played in the 2016 NCJAA Championship game, but he didn’t get a chance to record any stats for the Blue Raiders this season. Farrell-Burke is a former member of the Pickering Dolphins before heading south.

Bahamas Bowl – December 22nd at 12:30pm
Ohio University v.s UAB

QB #12 Nathan Rourke, Ohio (Oakville, ON)
Nathan Rourke just got to Ohio University this season as a sophomore, and he’s already become a hot topic after earning the starting role and leading the Bobcats to a 8-4 overall record. He recorded stats in every game finishing with 15 touchdown passes to 7 interceptions and 2018 yards, but it was his 882 yards and 21 touchdowns along the ground that really set him apart. Rourke’s versatility earned him the Bobcats’ single season touchdown record with 37, plus he finished first among all quarterbacks in rushing yards and second in the entire NCAA in rushing touchdowns – which is even more incredible when you consider he only had 74 rushing yards and four touchdowns in their first four games. The highlight of the year came in Ohio’s 45-28 win over Miami (OH) where Rourke threw for 294 yards and three touchdowns, then he also added 54 yards and three more touchdowns with his legs. Rourke won an OFSAA title in 2014 with CFC50 Holy Trinity in Oakville, Ontario before ending his high school career in Alabama at Edgewood Academy. He then played at Fort Scott Community College for one season before joining the Bobcats.

REC #81 Matt Seymour, Ohio (New Westminster, B.C)
Matt Seymour is a redshirt freshman with Ohio, and as a result was only able to register one catch for six yards this season. Seymour played high school football at CFC50 New Westminster in B.C before signing with the Bobcats in 2016 straight out of high school.

RB #21 Maleek Irons, Ohio (Chilliwack, B.C)
Maleek Irons is a redshirt junior with Ohio, but was suspended for the entire season after an off-field incident that resulted in his arrest back in January. He was expected to be a key member of their offensive game plan before being disciplined.

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl – December 22nd at 4:00pm
Central Michigan v.s Wyoming

LS #61 Keegan Markgraf, Central Michigan (Hamilton, ON)
Keegan Markgraf is a redshirt freshman at Central Michigan, and joined the program after playing high school football at Sherwood in Hamilton, Ontario before a one year stint with CFC10 Canada Prep. Markgraf did not snap in any games this season.

Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl – December 23rd at 3:30pm
San Diego St. v.s Army

OL #70 Ladji Bagayoko, San Diego St. (Saint-Laurent, QC)
Ladji Bagayoko is a freshman at San Diego State, and did not appear in any regular season games this year after playing high school football at Bishop Alemany in Mission Hills, California.

Hawai’i Bowl – December 24th at 8:30pm
Fresno St. v.s Houston

DB #26 Matt Boateng, Fresno St. (Ajax, ON)
Matt Boateng is a junior at Fresno State, but this wasn’t the first big stop on his football journey through the NCAA. Boateng first appeared in the Big 12 with the Kansas Jayhawks in 2014, and he impressed as a true freshman recording 9 tackles, five pass breakups and one interception, but was then let go by the program in his sophomore year for violating team rules. He played at Arizona Western College in 2016 before resurfacing with Fresno State, but was unable to record any stats with the Bulldogs this season. Boateng ended his high school career at IMG Academy in Florida and was a former member of the Pickering H.S Trojans.

OL #72 Dontae Bull, Fresno St. (Victoria B.C)
Dontae Bull is a freshman at Fresno State, and has yet to see any action with the Bulldogs in his young NCAA career. Bull signed straight out of CFC50 Belmont S.S in Victoria, B.C.

OL #53 Alex Fontana, Houston (Toronto, ON)
Alex Fontana is in his senior year at Houston, but unfortunately he missed the entire 2017 season due to injury. Fontana started five games for the Cougars last year after arriving from New Mexico Military Institute, and he’s also a former student at both Kent Prep in Connecticut and Pickering H.S in Ontario.

Cactus Bowl – December 26th at 10:00pm
UCLA v.s Kansas St.

K #17 J.J Molson, UCLA (Montreal, QC)
J.J Molson is a sophomore at UCLA, and he’s already taken over the kicking duties full time with two years of experience under his belt. In his first year he was able to connect on 12/20 field goal attempts and was perfect on extra points, then in 2017 he improved on those numbers going 16/20 with a season long of 45 yards, and also finished the year with 95 points. Molson earned the distinction as the second Canadian ever picked for the U.S Army All-American Bowl and previously played in Quebec at John Abbott College for CEGEP and Selwyn House in high school.

Military Bowl Presented by Northrop Grumman – December 28th at 1:30pm
Virginia v.s Navy

REC #84 Terrell Jana, Virginia (Burnaby B.C)
Terrell Jana is a true freshman at Virginia, but that hasn’t kept him from getting in on some action during his first year with the program. Jana has dressed in every game for the Cavaliers in 2017, and registered his first reception in week two against Indiana. He later earned his first career start against North Carolina, and capped off the year with his second reception in the season finale against in-state rivals Virginia Tech. Jana played at CFC50 St. Thomas More in Burnaby, B.C before heading south to attend Woodberry Forest to finish off his high school career.

Camping World Bowl – December 28th at 5:15pm
No. 19 Oklahoma St. v.s No. 22 Virginia Tech

LB #11 Amen Ogbongbemiga, Oklahoma St. (Calgary, AB)
Amen Ogbongbemiga is a redshirt freshman at Oklahoma State, and he’s already done enough to impress in the Big 12 to earn a spot on the active roster with a significant amount of playing time. After sitting out his first year he’s been able to contribute this season with 16 tackles, which included a great start to the year where he made 11 in the Cowboys first three non-conference games. Ogbongbemiga signed with Oklahoma State straight out of CFC50 Notre Dame in Calgary, Alberta.

RB #30 Chuba Hubbard, Oklahoma St. (Sherwood Park, AB)
Chuba Hubbard is freshman at Oklahoma State, and was not able to record any stats in his first season with the Cowboys. Hubbard was one of the most highly recruited athletes on either side of the border before signing with Oklahoma State straight out of Bev Facey in Sherwood Park, Alberta.

OL #67 Shane Richards, Oklahoma St. (Calgary, AB)
Shane Richards is a senior at Oklahoma State, and is currently listed as a backup on the offensive line who’s been relied on to step up whenever injuries occur. Richard arrived at Oklahoma State after playing for New Mexico Military Institute in junior college and at Crescent Heights in Calgary, Alberta during his high school career.

Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl – December 29th at 4:30pm
No. 21 Northwestern v.s Kentucky

OL #77 Jesse Meyler, Northwestern (Toronto, ON)
Jesse Meyler is a redshirt freshman at Northwestern, and was unable to crack the active roster for the Wildcats in 2017. Meyler finished his high school career at Episcopal in Virginia after playing for the Sir Wilfrid Laurier Blue Devils in Toronto, Ontario.

NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl – December 29th at 5:30pm
New Mexico St. v.s Utah St.

OL #76 Sage Doxtater, New Mexico St. (Welland, ON)
Sage Doxtator is a sophomore at New Mexico State, and he’s been able to make an impact since day one earning Sun Belt All-Newcomer Team honours after starting nine games at left tackle as a true freshman before missing the final three contests with an injury. He once again missed some time due to injury this season, but is slated to be the Aggies starter in their battle with Utah State in the Arizona Bowl. Doxtater is a former member of the London Jr. Mustangs and finished his high school career at CFC10 Canada Prep before signing with New Mexico State.

PlayStation Fiesta Bowl – December 30th at 4:00pm
No. 11 Washington v.s No. 9 Penn St.

DE #49 Daniel Joseph, Penn St. (Brampton ON)
Daniel Joseph is a redshirt freshman at Penn State, and he was able to get his first taste of NCAA action this season appearing in six games for the Nittany Lions. Joseph had his biggest game against Georgia State racking up three tackles, two tackles for a loss and a forced fumble on a sack in the fourth quarter. He managed to grab seven more tackles throughout the year including three and 1.5 sacks in Penn State’s season finale against Maryland. Joseph played at Lake Forest Academy in Virginia and was a member of Brampton Bulldogs during his time up north.

DB #26 Jonathan Sutherland, Penn St. (Ottawa, ON)
Jonathan Sutherland is a freshman at Penn State, and was not able to crack the Nittany Lions star studded lineup in his first year on campus. Sutherland was one of the most highly recruited players out of Episcopal in Virginia and previously played for the Cumberland Panthers in Ottawa, Ontario.

REC #81 Brayden Lenius, Washington (Vancouver B.C)
Brayden Lenius is a redshirt junior at Washington, and has been productive in his time with the Huskies this year after taking a redshirt season in 2016. Before that he was a key player in their offence recording seven catches for 56 yards as a true freshman, then as a sophomore he had his best season with 26 catches for 307 yards and three touchdowns. This year he’s seen the field sparingly but still caught nine passes for 89 yards, and the highlight of the season came in the Huskies’ win over Fresno State where he caught four passes for 44 yards. Lenius played at Carson Graham S.S in North Vancouver, British Columbia before finishing his high school days at Chaminade Prep in California.

Outback Bowl – January 1st at 12:00pm
Michigan v.s South Carolina

DB #25 Benjamin St-Juste, Michigan (Laval, QC)
Benjamin St-Juste is a freshman at Michigan, and he’s been able to earn his stripes with the Wolverines in his first year on campus by making big time plays on special teams. He played in all 12 games this season and made an appearance at cornerback as well in their game against Maryland late in the year. St-Juste made his name playing for Vieux Montreal at the CEGEP level in Quebec before signing with Michigan.

DE #18 Luiji Vilain, Michigan (Ottawa, ON)
Luiji Vilain is a freshman at Michigan, and did not see any playing time in his first season with the Wolverines. Vilain was one of the most highly recruited athletes out of Episcopal in Virginia and was a member of the Cumberland Panthers in Ottawa, Ontario before heading south.

Citrus Bowl Presented by Overton’s – January 1st at 1:00pm
Notre Dame No. 14 v.s LSU No. 17

WR #83 Chase Claypool, Notre Dame (Abbotsford, B.C)
Chase Claypool is a sophomore at Notre Dame, and it hasn’t taken him long to get accustomed to playing at a high level for the Fighting Irish. Claypool was dominant on special teams as only one of 10 true freshman to play for the Irish last season, and he ended up leading the team with 11 special teams tackles. This season he took the next step as a receiver hauling in 29 passes for 402 yards and two touchdowns, which was good for second in receiving yards on the 14th ranked team in the nation. Claypool played at Abbotsford H.S in British Columbia before becoming the first Canadian to play at Notre Dame since 1994.

Rose Bowl Presented by Northwestern Mutual – January 1st at 5:00pm
No. 2 Oklahoma v.s No. 3 Georgia

DT #90 Neville Gallimore (St. Catharines, ON)
Neville Gallimore is a redshirt sophomore at Oklahoma, and in his short time with the Sooners he’s already racked up a number of starts in the middle of the defence. After redshirting his first year he started six games in 2016 registering a game-high eight tackles, three tackles for loss and a sack against Louisiana-Monroe, then this year he started the first five games before becoming a spell guy that has still found way to contribute when he’s in the game. Gallimore finished 2016 with 40 total tackles, and this season he finished with 28 total tackles and a game-high 9 in Oklahoma’s 56-14 victory over Tulane. Gallimore became just the second Canadian to ever play for the Sooners after honing his skills at CFC10 Canada Prep and St. Patrick’s in Ottawa, ON.


*Note: All times Eastern

Celebration Dec. 16 Noon Atlanta, Ga. North Carolina A&T vs. Grambling State | Tickets
New Orleans Dec. 16 1 p.m. New Orleans, La. Troy vs. North Texas
Cure Dec. 16 2:30 p.m. Orlando, Fla. Georgia State vs. Western Kentucky
Las Vegas Dec. 16 3:30 p.m. Las Vegas, Nevada Boise State vs. Oregon | Tickets
New Mexico Dec. 16 3:30 p.m. Albuquerque, N.M. Marshall vs. Colorado State | Tickets
Camellia Dec. 16 8 p.m. Montgomery, Ala. Middle Tennessee State vs. Arkansas State | Tickets
Boca Raton Dec. 19 7 p.m. Boca Raton, Fla. FAU vs. Akron | Tickets
Frisco Dec. 20 8 p.m. Frisco, Texas SMU vs. LA Tech | Tickets
Gasparilla Dec. 21 8 p.m. St. Petersburg, Fla. Temple vs. FIU | Tickets
Bahamas Dec. 22 12:30 p.m. Nassau, Bahamas UAB vs. Ohio
Famous Idaho Potato Dec. 22 4 p.m. Boise, Idaho Wyoming vs. Central Michigan | Tickets
Birmingham Dec. 23 Noon Birmingham, Ala. USF vs. Texas Tech | Tickets
Armed Forces Dec. 23 3:30 p.m. Fort Worth, Texas Army vs. San Diego State | Tickets
Dollar General Dec. 23 7 p.m. Mobile, Ala. Appalachian State vs. Toledo
Hawai’i Dec. 24 8:30 p.m. Honolulu, Hawai’i Fresno State vs. Houston | Tickets
Heart of Dallas Dec. 26 1:20 p.m. Dallas, Texas West Virginia vs. Utah | Tickets
Quick Lane Dec. 26 5:15 p.m. Detroit, Mich. Duke vs. Northern Illinois
Cactus Dec. 26 10 p.m. ET Phoenix, Ariz. UCLA vs. Kansas State
Independence Dec. 27 1:30 p.m. Shreveport, La. Florida State vs. Southern Miss | Tickets
Pinstripe Dec. 27 5:15 p.m. Bronx, N.Y. Boston College vs. Iowa
Foster Farms Dec. 27 8:30 p.m. Santa Clara, Calif. Arizona vs. Purdue
Texas Dec. 27 9 p.m. Houston, Texas Texas vs. Missouri | Tickets
Military Dec. 28 1:30 p.m. Annapolis, Md. Virginia vs. Navy | Tickets
Camping World Dec. 28 5:15 p.m. Orlando, Fla. Oklahoma State vs. Virginia Tech | Tickets
Alamo Dec. 28 9 p.m. San Antonio, Texas Stanford vs. TCU | Tickets
Holiday Dec. 28 9 p.m. San Diego, Calif. Michigan State vs. Washington State  | Tickets
Belk Dec. 29 1 p.m. Charlotte, N.C. Wake Forest vs. Texas A&M
Sun Dec. 29 2 p.m. El Paso, Texas NC State vs. Arizona State
Music City Dec. 29 4:30 p.m. Nashville, Tenn. Kentucky vs. Northwestern | Tickets
Arizona Dec. 29 5:30 p.m. Tucson, Ariz. New Mexico State vs. Utah State
Cotton Dec. 29 8:30 p.m. Arlington, Texas Ohio State vs. USC
Taxslayer Dec. 30 Noon Jacksonville, Fla. Louisville vs. Mississippi State | Tickets
Liberty Dec. 30 12:30 p.m. Memphis, Tenn. Iowa State vs. Memphis | Tickets
Fiesta Dec. 30 4 p.m. Glendale, Ariz. Washington vs. Penn State | Tickets
Orange Dec. 30 8 p.m. Miami Gardens, Fla. Miami vs. Wisconsin
Outback Jan. 1 Noon Tampa, Fla. Michigan vs. South Carolina
Peach Jan. 1 12:30 p.m. Atlanta, Ga. Auburn vs. UCF | Tickets
Citrus Jan. 1 1 p.m. Orlando, Fla. Notre Dame vs. LSU | Tickets
Rose (CFP Semifinals) Jan. 1 5 p.m. Pasadena, Calif. Oklahoma vs. Georgia | Tickets
Sugar (CFP Semifinals) Jan. 1 8:45 p.m. New Orleans, La. Clemson vs. Alabama
CFP National Championship Jan. 8 8 p.m. Atlanta, Ga. TBD | Tickets


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