Northwestern Wildcats

Northwestern RB Venric Mark Granted Fifth Year of Eligibility for 2014

Mark is set to return to Northwestern next year.
Northwestern RB Venric Mark Granted Fifth Year of Eligibility for 2014

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.

2013 Preseason Top 25 Heisman Trophy Candidates

Big Ten 2017 Spring Football Preview and Power Rankings

Previewing key storylines around the Big Ten for spring practice.
Big Ten 2017 Spring Football Preview and Power Rankings

The Big Ten closed the gap with the SEC last year in the race to be college football’s No. 1 conference, and the league is in great shape as spring ball opens for 2017. Ohio State and Penn State should be among the nation’s frontrunners to win it all next year, while Michigan and Wisconsin will also rank in many preseason top 10 lists.

Purdue Boilermakers 2017 Spring Football Preview

New head coach Jeff Brohm embarks on his first spring practice leading the Boilermakers
Purdue Boilermakers 2017 Spring Football Preview

Purdue made what — on paper, at least — looks like one of the offseason’s better hires, as the Boilermakers landed Jeff Brohm from Western Kentucky.

 

Ranking the Nation's Top 40 Football-Basketball Coaching Duos

Michigan State takes the top spot in the coaching tandems.
Ranking the Nation's Top 30 Football-Basketball Coaching Duos

Ranking the college football and basketball head coaching tandems for the Power 5 conferences is no easy assignment. But that’s what Athlon Sports has set out to do this offseason, as spring practice is just starting around the nation for all 130 teams and tournament time is approaching for teams on the hardwood.

Ranking the Big Ten's Football-Basketball Coaching Duos for 2017

Michigan State's Dantonio and Izzo take the top spot for 2017.
Ranking the Big Ten's Football-Basketball Coaching Duos for 2017

The Big Ten isn’t hurting for talent in its coaching ranks. The duo of Tom Izzo and Mark Dantonio ranks as the best in the conference, but Ohio State (Urban Meyer and Thad Matta) and Michigan (Jim Harbaugh and John Beilein) round out a strong top three. And the conference also features some up-and-coming duos, including Minnesota, Northwestern and Penn State.

 

Northwestern Wildcats 2017 Spring Football Preview

Pat Fitzgerald is getting an early start on his 12th season at Northwestern
Northwestern Wildcats 2017 Spring Football Preview

It may be hard to believe, but Pat Fitzgerald officially begins Year 12 in charge of Northwestern’s football program Tuesday, as the Wildcats commence spring practice. And when better to start camp than on Feb. 21, when Chicago-area temperatures are in the 60s? (Seriously.)

 

Grading College Football's Head Coach Hires for 2017

Tom Herman ranks as the No. 1 coaching hire for 2017.
Grading College Football's Head Coach Hires for 2017

College football’s 2016-17 coaching carousel featured 21 changes and several big-time hires. Texas (Tom Herman), Minnesota (P.J. Fleck), Oregon (Willie Taggart) and Purdue (Jeff Brohm) were just a few of the biggest winners from this year’s cycle.

Ranking College Football's Rosters for 2017

Where does your team rank in terms of talent heading in 2017?
Ranking College Football's Rosters for 2017

Recruiting is the foundation for winning national championships, competing for CFB Playoff berths or winning at a high level in college football. While recruiting rankings aren’t 100 percent accurate, there is plenty of truth in the rankings and evaluations by the experts. It’s no secret what a program needs in order to win big at this level.

College Football's Top 20 Impact JUCO Transfer Quarterbacks for 2017

Which JUCO QBs will make the biggest impact next fall?
College Football's Top 20 Impact JUCO Transfer Quarterbacks for 2017

Finding or developing a quarterback is no easy task for any college football coach. This position is one of the hardest to evaluate in high school, and quarterbacks often transfer early in their career in search of more playing time if they are entrenched behind a proven starter. Needless to say, quarterbacks are the position likely providing the most headaches for coaches throughout the year.

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