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By Steven Lassan, 1 month 2 weeks ago
Northwestern running back Venric Mark was expected to be one of the Big Ten’s top running backs in 2013, but an ankle injury sidelined him for most of the season.
But the Wildcats received some good news for 2014 this week, as Mark was granted a fifth-year of eligibility, and the Texas native will return to Northwestern next year.
Mark rushed for 1,366 yards and 12 touchdowns and caught 20 passes for 104 yards in 2012.
He was also a huge factor on special teams in 2012, averaging 18.7 yards per punt return and taking two back for scores.
Considering Mark is listed at 5-foot-8 and 175 pounds, he isn’t a player that can handle 300 carries. However, having the senior back in the lineup is a huge plus for Northwestern’s offense. Mark should be in the mix for All-Big Ten honors in 2014.
After a conference season to forget, Northwestern gets great news for '14 - Venric Mark granted an extra year http://t.co/DmDLOrh0r9— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerCBS) January 22, 2014
This just in: #Northwestern RB Venric Mark granted fifth year of eligibility. Great news.— Brent Yarina (@BTNBrentYarina) January 21, 2014
By Steven Lassan, 3 months 3 weeks ago
Northwestern running back Venric Mark was expected to be one of the top playmakers in the Big Ten this season. Unfortunately for Mark, injuries have limited the standout running back to just three games and 31 carries. The senior has 97 rushing yards and five receptions for 48 yards.
On Monday, Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald announced Mark would miss the rest of the 2013 with a broken ankle. Mark suffered the injury against Wisconsin and was unable to recover in time to return this year.
If there’s any bright spot for Northwestern, it appears the senior will be able to get a medical redshirt and return in 2014. The Wildcats have been one of the nation’s most disappointing teams in 2013 but having Mark return next season will help this team rebound in the Big Ten.
By Steven Lassan, 4 months 5 days ago
With Northwestern needing two more wins to get bowl eligible, the Nov. 16 game against Michigan will be huge for its postseason hopes.
And the Wildcats will play that game with a new uniform combination, which helps to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.
Here’s a look at the uniform combination Northwestern will wear on Nov. 16 against the Wolverines:
#B1GCats Football (@NUFBFamily) November 4, 2013
Following the game, uniforms will be auctioned off with 100% of the proceeds going to the Wounded Warrior Project. pic.twitter.com/l2Pg1SAiwB— #B1GCats Football (@NUFBFamily) November 4, 2013
By Steven Lassan, 4 months 1 week ago
College football’s Week 10 slate wasn’t particularly deep with intriguing matchups, but there was plenty of intrigue.
Nebraska-Northwestern provided the weekend’s best finish, as the Cornhuskers scored on a 49-yard touchdown pass on the final play of the game.
Quarterback Ron Kellogg barely got the pass into the endzone, but the ball was batted and caught by receiver Jordan Westerkamp for the touchdown.
Considering how much pressure coach Bo Pelini has been under the last few weeks, this win will help quiet some of his critics – at least until next Saturday.
By Steven Lassan, 6 months 2 weeks ago
With 15 starters back, hopes are high for Northwestern to contend for the Big Ten title. The Wildcats open the year on the road at California and plan to wear an alternate white helmet in that road contest.
For the first time since 1980, a white helmet will be atop the Wildcats’ uniform – at least for the season opener. Maybe these will make an appearance or two later in the year? Overall, not a bad look for Northwestern.