Lukas Moore --
Two summers ago, on the first day of open camp, a Canadian quarterback named Nathan Rourke made an impression for the Bobcats. He made crisp throws, moved well in the pocket, and looked the part of starting quarterback. He wasn't the lead story of camp, by no means. Most of the media was enamored with Quinton Maxwell's potential as a starter. Rourke eventually won the job and has been stamping his name in the record book.
Today at the Bobcats first open camp of the season another Canadian, Rourke's little brother Kurtis, made a similar impression. His size was noticeable and the ball snapped out of his hand in a tight spiral that he could place downfield. He's a whole two inches taller than his brother (although listed at 6'3), and already has a bigger arm. If anyone looks like an NFL body in the Bobcats quarterback room, it's certainly Kurtis.
"I got the better genes I guess," Kurtis said, when asked about being taller than his older brother.
Rourke was rated as a three-star recruit by 247sports after his time at Holy Trinity in Canada. He's a member of one of the higher-rated recruiting classes Solich has had in his tenure, and a three-star (as much as starts matter) is nothing to scoff at.
Kurtis was responsible for a few of the "wow" moments that every football practice provides. He threw a beautiful 40 yard TD into the arms of Camryn Snow (RS-Sr), and added a few more deep dimes during his time running the Bobcat offense. He never looked lost with the playbook and seemed fairly comfortable for a true freshman.
His feet aren't perfect and he certainly needs better touch on short routes. He also has the tendency (at least in this practice session) to miss high on intermediate routes, which led to one interception during practice.
Rourke, especially getting to learn behind his older brother, should be the next in line to start for Ohio. The potential is oozing off him, and if it's reached, a Rourke family dynasty at Ohio is certainly a possibility.
RANDOM PRACTICE THOUGHTS
The offensive line just doesn't look as menacing as it did with big Joe Lowery, but new left tackle Austen Pleasants looked intimidating.
O'Shaan Allison looked like the number one back, no Julian Ross to be seen.
Tyler Tupa, son of former NFL punter Tom Tupa, was getting his chances with the first team wideouts. He was roommates with veteran DL Knock and has been consistently hurt. He looked like he belonged today though.
The Ohio weight-lifting program is truly incredible. Some of these guys transformations are astonishing. Ohio's ability to take a low-star athlete and turn them into a high-level player has been the key to the Solich era, and weights are at the center of that.