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All-American Venric Mack returns to full duty for Northwestern after suffering a leg injury in the preseason and missing the majority of the first four games. Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images.
All-American Venric Mack returns to full duty for Northwestern after suffering a leg injury in the preseason and missing the majority of the first four games. Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images.

After sustaining the leg injury early in preseason camp, Mark will return to the lineup this week for Northwestern. He had 11 carries for 29 yards against Cal but hasn’t seen the field since.

“I spend a lot of time watching special teams and I think he is one of the best punt returners and kick returners in America,” Meyer said. “When I heard (Mark is playing Saturday), I went back to the drawing board to make sure that we had the right people to go down there and tackle him.

“Anytime you put that in your offense, it’s big. But that doesn’t change the way you prepare. You’re aware of him and you better put him on the ground.”

Mark was a second-team All-Big Ten performer in 2012 and was an All-American selection as a punt specialist averaging 18.7 yards per return with two touchdowns. He also rushed for 1,366 yards on 226 carries and 12 touchdowns.