It is a less than stellar day for the Northwestern Wildcats football fan-base. Star running back Venric Mark is leaving Northwestern University. Mark, who was an All-American in 2012, is planning to depart from the school for what he noted as “personal” reasons. Early indications show that Mark wants to transfer somewhere closer to family; Mark is from Texas.

Had Mark not made the decision to make his way out of Evanston, he would have had to serve a two-game suspension, which was placed onto him before his decision to transfer, for violations of team rules.

During his four seasons with the Wildcats, Mark rushed for a total of 1,630 yards which included 1,366 in 2012 alone. Mark also compiled 2,442 return yards with punts and kickoffs combined. Additionally, Mark made it to the endzone 17 times, 13 of which came by way of the run.

Looking back, Mark was undoubtedly an exciting player. An great example of the excitement he provided can be seen on this 74-yard punt return touchdown.

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With Mark making his way out  of Evanston, combined with the recent news of senior wide receiver Christian Jones suffering a season-ending injury, the task is only tougher for the Wildcats. It will definitely be worthy of attention to see just how they manage to do following a 5-7 campaign in 2013. Senior Treyvon Green is expected to take Mark’s place.

The Wildcats open their season on Saturday, Aug 30 as they’ll host the California Golden Bears.


Photo: Bleacher Report

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