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Venric Mark
Venric Mark

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Venric Mark is a running back and a return man for the Northwestern University Wildcats of the Big Ten Conference. Phil Steele named him a 2014 pre-season fourth team All-American as an All Purpose player on Special Teams and a second team All-Big Ten running back.

High School

Mark was a three-sport athlete at St. Piux X High School in Texas. In football he was named team MVP twice and was an honorable mention All-State selection as well. Mark averaged more than eight yards per carry his senior season and tallied 20 total touchdowns, including four return TD’s. He lettered in track and soccer as well.


Mark played right away as a true freshman at Northwestern in 2010. He averaged 12.9 yards per punt return and 26.2 yards per kick return with one touchdown. Mark’s kick-off return for a touchdown came against Wisconsin. His kick return average was the fourth best in the Big Ten. named Mark a second-team Freshman All-American selection at punt returner. Mark shined in the Ticket City Bowl, tallying 141 all-purpose yards.

On offense in 2011 Mark moved from wide receiver to running back in the middle of the season. He continued to make most of his impact on Special Teams as Mark finished eighth in the Big Ten in kick-off return average at 22.9 yards per return.

In 2012 Mark emerged as a star for the Wildcats. He started every game at running back and rushed for 1,366 yards and 12 touchdowns. He returned two punts for touchdowns and was named a first team All-American punt returner by the Football Writers Association of America. Mark was a consensus second team All-Big Ten running back and was a semifinalist for the Doak Walker Award. His 2,166 all-purpose yards were the second most in program history.

Mark missed most of the 2013 season due to multiple injuries and received a medical hardship.    

Game Log

11-30-2013 @ Illinois Fighting Illini Illinois Fighting Illini 34-37 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
11-23-2013 @ Michigan State Spartans Michigan State Spartans 6-30 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
11-16-2013 @ Michigan Wolverines Michigan Wolverines 19-27 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
11-2-2013 @ Nebraska Cornhuskers Nebraska Cornhuskers 27-24 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
10-26-2013 @ Iowa Hawkeyes Iowa Hawkeyes 17-10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0


Northwestern 2014 Spring Ball Preview: Running Backs

Northwestern 2014 Spring Ball Preview: Running Backs

by Aaron Morse

The 2013 season didn't exactly go as planned for Northwestern's running backs, to say the least. As everyone who follows college football knows, Venric Mark missed the majority of the season with a variety of injuries... Read more

Back On The Mark For The Northwestern Wildcats

Back On The Mark For The Northwestern Wildcats

by Aaron Morse

Venric Mark suffered through multiple injuries in a lost 2013 season for Northwestern football. He only participated fully in one game, NU’s heartbreaking loss to Ohio State... Read more

Northwestern RB Venric Mark Gets Extra Year

by Christopher Smith

Northwestern caught a huge break Tuesday, even in an expected move, when it learned the Big Ten has approved running back Venric Mark's medical hardship waiver... Read more

Northwestern RB Venric Mark Out For Season

Northwestern RB Venric Mark Out For Season

by Kristen Finstad

The ounce of hope Northwestern fans had of seeing running back Venric Mark return this season was shattered Monday when coach Pat Fitzgerald announced Mark will miss the rest of the season with a fractured ankle... Read more