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    Mark Philmore
    Mark Philmore

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Reynoldsburg, Ohio

    High School:
    Reynoldsburg

    Height / Weight:
    5-10 / 185

    Position:
    WR

    Birthdate:
    08/08/1984



    General: Finished his career as Northwestern's No. 4 all-time leader in receptions (163) ... Ranks fifth on all-time receiving yardage list (1,768 yards) ... Had to overcome knee and ankle injuries his final three seasons ... Explosive player who gave NU a big-play threat ... Solid route runner with better-than-average speed ... Liked to "go after" the football ... Also returned punts for the Wildcats ... Averaged 9.4 yards per career punt return ... Caught at least one pass in all 40 career games.

    2005: Second-team (coaches) and honorable mention (media) All-Big Ten selection ... NU's Rashidi Wheeler Award recipient ... Tabbed a Street & Smith's preseason honorable mention All-American ... Named The Sporting News' "Most Underrated Player" in the Big Ten ... True senior ... Team's third-leading receiver and a co-leader with six TD receptions ... Slowed by an ankle injury early in the year ... Scored his first rushing TD in his final game (Sun Bowl vs. UCLA) when he scored on a 19-yard end-around play ... Recorded a pair of back-to-back 100-yard performances, the fourth and fifth 100-yard games of his career, vs. Michigan and Iowa ... Notched a career-best 139 yards and a personal-best two TD's (nine receptions) vs. Michigan ... His TD's vs. the Wolverines went for 62 and 34 yards ... Registered 10 receptions for 123 yards vs. Iowa ... Had three key receptions (9, 12 and 16 yards) on NU's final two TD drives vs. the Hawkeyes ... One of the catches, the 12-yarder, was a key third-down grab ... Had a solid performance vs. Wisconsin: six receptions for 97 yards and a TD ... Missed five days of team-related activities (including the Arizona State game) due to personal reasons ... Caught two passes for 19 yards vs. Ohio despite suffering an ankle sprain early in the game ... Had three catches for 25 yards vs. Northern Illinois ... Snared three passes for 27 yards vs. Penn State ... Two receptions for 40 yards at Purdue ... Totaled four receptions for 56 yards and a touchdown, a 21-yard score, at Michigan State ... Four catches for 29 yards vs. Ohio State ... Led NU with five receptions for 62 yards and a TD at Illinois ... In Big Ten games only, ranked sixth in receptions (5.4 pg) and seventh in receiving yards (71.6 ypg) ... Caught seven passes for 45 yards, including a TD (8-yard pass) vs. UCLA in the Sun Bowl.

    2004: Earned honorable mention All-Big Ten honors (coaches) ... Sprained his right knee late in the game vs. Purdue and missed remainder of year (second straight year he hurt a knee in an NU homecoming game) ... Starting receiver and team's punt returner ... Nation's 14th-leading receiver at time of injury ... Battled back from a left knee injury last season and was playing as well as ever ... Had, perhaps, his top collegiate game in win over his hometown Buckeyes: 11 catches for a career-high 134 yards, which included his first career TD, a 27-yard reception ... Added two punt returns for 23 yards vs. OSU ... Opened the season with an outstanding performance against TCU: 12 receptions for 131 yards ... Also returned two punts for 19 yards (9.5 ypr) vs. TCU ... Caught six passes for 91 yards against ASU ... Had seven receptions for 113 yards vs. Kansas, including a key and career-long 52-yard play late in the game, which set up the winning score ... Five catches for 27 yards at Minnesota ... Four catches for 37 yards vs. Indiana ... His 12-yard reception from Brett Basanez on a 4th-and-6 in the first overtime period vs. Indiana was named one of the four Pontiac Game Changing Performance plays for the week of Oct. 11 ... Caught five passes for 41 yards, which included a 29-yard TD reception, at Wisconsin ... Four catches for a team-best 59 yards vs. Purdue.

    2003: Injured his left knee in the Wisconsin game and missed the remainder of the regular season ... Returned for the Motor City Bowl and led NU receivers with three catches for 43 yards, including a season-long 32-yard grab ... Besides losing his receiving talents for the final four regular-season games, NU also lost a new weapon at punt return (was averaging 22.0 ypr after handling those duties in the Indiana and Wisconsin games) ... Totaled a season-high five receptions (41 yards) at Indiana ... Also returned punts for the first time and ignited NU late in the Indiana game with a 60-yard return to the 6-yard line, which set up the game-tying touchdown ... His 60-yarder was more yardage than NU had gained on punt returns in its first six games combined ... Registered four receptions (37 yards) vs. Air Force ... Three receptions for a season-best 57 yards vs. Miami ... One catch for seven yards at Duke ... Two catches for 15 yards at Ohio State ... Three receptions for 19 yards vs. Minnesota ... Had one reception and a 21 punt return yards vs. Wisconsin before leaving the game with the injury.

    2002: Played a considerable number of downs at receiver and finished third in receiving with 31 receptions for 245 yards (7.9 ypr) ... Fell one reception shy of NU's single-season record for catches by a true freshman ... Third-most receptions among Big Ten freshmen ... Had at least one catch in all 12 games ... Caught three passes for 20 yards vs. Ohio State ... Debuted with four catches for 34 yards at Air Force ... Totaled three receptions for 21 yards vs. TCU ... Equaled a season best with four catches at Michigan State for 47 yards ... One reception for three yards at Minnesota ... Four catches for 16 yards at PSU ... One catch vs. Purdue ... Led team with four catches for 40 yards vs. Indiana ... Three catches for 29 yards at Iowa ... Two catches for 13 yards vs. Illinois.

    High School: SuperPrep All-Midwest Region ... Second-team all-state and Agonis-Columbus Dispatch all-star team honoree ... Named first-team All-Ohio Capital Conference and OCC Player of the Year in 2001 ... First-team all-OCC and all-district as a junior ... Named a first-team all-state selection as a sophomore while attending high school in Virginia ... Caught 81 passes for 1,000 yards and 12 touchdowns as a senior ... Also rushed for 345 yards and averaged 20.1 yards per punt return and 24.5 yards per kickoff return ... Caught 35 passes for 736 yards and six touchdowns as a junior ... Led team to the state playoffs for the first time in school history and finished with a 9-3 record ... Also lettered in track and basketball ... Member of school's Honor Roll ... Coached by Tony Pusateri.

    Personal: Born Mark Duane Philmore II on 8/8/84 ... Son of Vivianne Philmore and the late Mark Philmore ... Chose NU over Duke ... Communication studies major and business institutions minor.

    Philmore's Career Statistics

    RECEIVING
            G	Rec	Yds	TD	Lg	Rec/G	Avg/C	Avg/G
    2002	12	31	245	0	24	2.6	7.9	20.4
    2003	9	23	228	0	32	2.6	9.9	25.3
    2004	8	54	633	2	52	6.8	11.7	79.1
    2005	11	55	662	6	62	5.0	12.0	60.2
    TOTAL	40	163	1768	8	62	4.1	10.8	44.2
    

    RUSHING G Att Yds TD Lg Avg/C Avg/G 2002 12 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2003 9 2 -12 0 0 -6.0 -1.3 2004 8 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2005 11 1 19 1 19 19.0 1.7 TOTAL 40 3 7 1 19 2.3 0.2

    PUNT RETURNS G No. Yds TD Lg Avg/R Avg/G 2002 12 2 -2 0 0 -1.0 -0.2 2003 9 4 88 0 60 22.0 9.8 2004 8 14 145 0 22 10.4 18.1 2005 11 9 41 0 15 4.6 3.7 TOTAL 40 29 272 0 60 9.4 6.8

    ALL PURPOSE G Rush Rec PR KR IR Total Avg/G 2002 12 0 245 -2 0 0 243 20.2 2003 9 -12 228 88 0 0 304 33.8 2004 8 0 633 145 0 0 778 97.2 2005 11 19 662 41 0 0 722 65.6 TOTAL 40 7 1768 272 0 0 2047 51.2