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    Venric Mark
    Venric Mark

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Tomball, Texas

    High School:
    St. Pius X

    Height / Weight:
    5-8 / 175

    Position:
    RB



    08/08/2014

    Venric Mark Suspended For First Two Games Of 2014

    Senior running back will miss contests against California and Northern Illinois

    08/05/2014

    The Skip Report: Back to the Grind

    2014 Training Camp is underway in Evanston

    02/26/2014

    2014 Spring Practices Underway in Evanston

    Northwestern set for 15 on-field practices between Feb. 26 and April 12

    01/21/2014

    Venric Mark Granted Fifth Year of Eligibility by Big Ten

    2012 All-American saw senior season cut short by injury

    10/14/2013

    The Skip Report: A Surprise, and a Tone Set

    Northwestern kicks off Legends Division play Saturday at Ryan Field

    10/15/2011

    Northwestern vs. Iowa

    Northwestern vs. Iowa Photo Gallery

    Announced his intention to withdraw from school and transfer for personal reasons prior to the start of the 2014 season.

    2013: True senior ... Played in only three games in 2013 because of injury and intends to seek a medical hardship waiver and return for a fifth season in 2014 ... Started season-opener at Cal before missing remainder of the nonconference season with a lower body injury Returned to action against Ohio State and picked up a career-high 43 receiving yards against the Buckeyes ... Returned one kickoff for 68 yards against OSU ... Started the following week at Wisconsin but suffered a broken ankle in the first quarter that kept him out the remainder of the year ... Named to preseason watch lists for Doak Walker, Maxwell and Paul Hornung Awards.

    2012: True junior ... Started every game at running back in 2012 ... Named a first-team All-American at punt returner by the Football Writers Association of America, making him NU's 39th All-American and first since 2005 ... Also named to the CBSSports.com and The Sporting News All-America teams as a punt returner ... A consensus second-team All-Big Ten selection at running back ... Named one of 10 national semifinalists for Doak Walker Award, presented to nation's top running back ... Named NU's Offensive MVP ... Named to preseason watch list for Paul Hornung Award -- presented to the nation's most versatile player -- and three times during the year was named to award's weekly honor roll ... Became Northwestern's first 1,000-yard rusher since Tyrell Sutton in 2006, recording 15th 1,000-yard rushing season in NU history ... Posted the second-best single-season all-purpose yards total in school history (2,166), 29 yards shy of Damien Anderson's record ... Sixth on school's single-season rushing list (1,366) ... Eight 100-yard rushing games in 2012 ... Two punt return touchdowns (82 and 75 yards), making him one of two players in school history with two in the same year (Tom Worthington in 1949 is the other) ... Averaged 18.7 yards per punt return on 15 attempts ... Ranked No. 1 in the Big Ten and 12th in the country in all-purpose yardage with 166.6 yards per game ... Finished fifth in the Big Ten and 26th nationally in rushing yards per game (105.1), averaging 6.0 yards per attempt ... Ranked ninth in the Big Ten in scoring (6.9 ppg) ... Second all-time at NU in career kickoff return yards ... Made his first career start at Syracuse and exploded for a school-record 134 punt return yards (two returns), including an 82-yard punt return for a touchdown that was NU's first punt return TD since 2005 ... Finished with a career-high-tying 281 all-purpose yards, leading NU with 82 rushing yards on 14 carries (5.9 yards per carry) and also catching a 21-yard touchdown pass ... Named the Big Ten Co-Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance at Syracuse ... Against Vanderbilt, led the NU offense with 123 rushing yards on 24 carries and one rushing TD ... Registered 77 yards on 18 carries as well as a career-best seven catches for 42 yards against Boston College before leaving the game late in the third quarter with an injury ... Against South Dakota, set a career high with three rushing TDs and racked up 117 rushing yards on 16 carries (7.3 ypc), including a 47-yard run ... Carried the ball a career-high 29 times vs. Indiana for 139 yards and one score ... Totaled 189 all-purpose yards at Penn State, including a 75-yard punt return for touchdown and 72 rushing yards ... Posted a career-best 182 rushing yards on just 20 carries at Minnesota (9.1 ypc) with two touchdowns ... Against Nebraska, finished with 118 rushing yards, including a career-long 80-yard TD run in the third quarter, on 16 carries ... Surpassed 1,000 rushing yards for the year with 162 on 16 carries (long of 72) in win over Iowa ... Racked up 260 all-purpose yards at Michigan (104 rushing, 126 kick return and 30 punt return), also adding his 10th rushing TD of the year ... At Michigan State, recorded seven yards on six carries before leaving the game due to injury ... Returned the next week with his eighth 100-yard rushing game, going for 127 and one TD vs. Illinois ... Posted 118 all-purpose yards in the TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl vs. Mississippi State, including 56 rushing yards and one TD ... Named NU's Offensive Player of the Week against Syracuse, Vanderbilt, Penn State and Minnesota, the offensive big playmaker against South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa and Illinois, and the Special Teams Player of the Week vs. Penn State.

    2011: Played in all 13 games, shifting from receiver to running back midway through the season ... Returned two kickoffs for 46 yards at Boston College ... Also recorded one solo tackle on special teams ... Totaled 120 kickoff return yards (three attempts) against Eastern Illinois - -two of his three returns went for 49 and 63 yards ... Earned team's special teams player of the week honor for the EIU game ... Had a 17-yard punt return at Army ... Notched a season-long 28-yard punt return at Illinois and followed that up with a 20-yard return vs. Michigan ... Named team's special teams player of the week vs. the Wolverines ... Totaled 142 kickoff return yards at Iowa (seven returns) ... 50 kickoff return yards vs. Penn State ... Versus Indiana, returned two kickoffs 53 yards, with one of the returns covering 46 yards ... Also had a single-game-best 47 rushing yards (four carries) vs. the Hoosiers ... Notched a 23 and a 41-yard KO return at Nebraska ... One kickoff return (20 yards) vs. Rice ... Had kickoff returns of 44 and 42 yards vs. Minnesota ... Totaled 78 kickoff return yards (four returns) vs. Michigan State ... Ranked eighth in the Big Ten and 74th nationally in kickoff return average ... Averaged 15.9 yards per punt return, but did not have enough attempts to qualify for a national ranking (would rank third nationally and first in Big Ten) ... Had two punt returns for 50 yards, including a 47-yarder vs. Texas A&M ... Totaled 198 all-purpose yards (141 kickoff return yards) vs. the Aggies ... Rushed for seven yards and his first career rushing TD against Texas A&M ... Averaged 6.9 yards per rushing attempt (15 carries).

    2010: True freshman ... Averaged 10.0 yards per punt return on five attempts and 23.8 yards per kickoff return on six attempts ... Joined Rashad Lawrence as the only other true freshman to play in all 13 games ... By season's end, was team's primary kickoff and punt returner ... Ranked fourth in the Big Ten and 32nd nationally with 26.2 yards per kick return (21 attempts) with one return TD ... Also averaged 12.9 yards per punt return on nine attempts ... Named second-team punt returner on Freshman All-American squad and first-team on Big Ten All-Freshman squad by Rivals.com ... Compiled 141 all-purpose yards in the TicketCity Bowl vs. Texas Tech, including 108 kickoff return yards on five attempts ... At Wisconsin, shattered NU's previous record for kick return yards in a game with 273 yards on nine attempts, including a 94-yard return for a touchdown ... It was the first kickoff return for TD by a Wildcat since Sept. 22, 2007 ... His 273 return yards were 10 shy of the Big Ten Conference record ... Also returned two punts for eight yards vs. the Badgers ... Against Illinois, broke off a 58-yard punt return -- the longest by a Wildcat since 2005 -- returned one kickoff for 26 yards and posted two special teams stops ... One rush for two yards vs. Iowa ... One kickoff return at Penn State for 26 yards ... At Indiana, compiled 77 all-purpose yards, including 56 kickoff return yards on two attempts and two punt returns for 17 yards ... Racked up 97 all-purpose yards vs. Michigan State, rushing once for 29 yards, returning two punts for 26 yards and returning two kickoffs for 42 yards ... One carry for two yards and one tackle at Minnesota ... Credited with two solo tackles vs. Central Michigan ... Two catches for 12 yards at Rice ... Recorded his first career reception vs. Illinois State, a 21-yard catch ... Also returned one punt for seven yards vs. the Redbirds ... Made his collegiate debut at Vanderbilt, returning one kickoff for 19 yards ... Named NU's special teams player of the game vs. Central Michigan, Indiana and Illinois.

    High School: Two-time team MVP for St. Pius X High ... Two-time all-state honorable mention and all-district selection ... District's MVP ... School's Male Track Athlete of the Year in 2008-09 ... Helped lead the Panthers to a 9-3 record, a district title and a TAPPS state semifinal berth ... Had 92 rushes for 772 yards (8.4 ypc), 23 receptions for 242 yards (9.8 ypc) and 20 total TD's (four TD's via kick/punt returns) his senior season (had seven other TD's called back due to penalty) ... Outstanding kick return specialist ... Team captain ... Also lettered in track and soccer ... Coached by Rene Ramirez.

    Personal: Born Venric Emeka-Wococha Mark ... Son of Sheliia Mark ... Majoring in sociology.

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