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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

College Football Top 25 for 2017

Athlon projects college football's top 25 teams for 2017.
College Football Top 25 for 2017

College football’s 2017 season starts on Aug. 26 and concludes with the national championship on Jan. 8 in Atlanta. The season is still a few months away, but it's never too early to project college football's top 25 teams.

 

Big Ten Football 2017 All-Conference Team

Athlon projects the Big Ten's best for 2017.
Big Ten Football 2017 All-Conference Team

The Big Ten features four teams - Ohio State, Wisconsin, Michigan and Penn State - inside of Athlon’s top 25 for 2017. These four teams return a good chunk of talent this year, with 14 Buckeyes earning a spot on Athlon’s All-Big Ten team, and the Nittany Lions and Badgers each garnering 12 selections.

Ranking the Big Ten's College Football Coaches for 2017

Urban Meyer leads the way in a deep group of Big Ten coaches.
Ranking the Big Ten's College Football Coaches for 2017

College football’s best collection of head coaches resides in the Big Ten. Ohio State’s Urban Meyer boasts three national championships in his career and takes the top spot in Athlon’s rankings. Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh, Michigan State’s Mark Dantonio, Penn State’s James Franklin and Northwestern’s Pat Fitzgerald round out an impressive top five.

Big Ten’s Best Quarterback Matchups of 2017

Ohio State's J.T. Barrett will be involved in some must-see QB pairings both in and out of Big Ten play this fall
Big Ten’s Best Quarterback Matchups of 2017

It goes without saying that you need a good quarterback in order to be a successful college football team.

Ranking the Big Ten Conference's Mascots

Big Ten Football 2017 Returning Starters Analysis

How do the Big Ten teams stack up in returning starters?
Big Ten Football 2017 Returning Starters Analysis

Returning starter data in college football preseason charts or magazine pages isn’t an exact science. The numbers and data can vary among different websites, magazines or other resources. However, even if there’s some disagreement on the numbers, the data is an interesting early look at how teams are shaping up for the upcoming season.

 

Top 25 Big Ten 2018 NFL Draft Prospects to Watch

Defensive end Sam Hubbard leads a deep group of Ohio State players sure to be on NFL scouts' radars this fall
Top 25 Big Ten 2018 NFL Draft Prospects to Watch

Michigan set a school record with 11 players hearing their names called during the three-day 2017 NFL Draft. Ohio State was once again well represented in the draft as well, as Urban Meyer continues to pump out NFL-ready talent in Columbus.

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