It what should come as no surprise, Northwestern Wildcats head coach Pat Fitzgerald announced that running back Venric Mark is out for the rest of the season.
Mark has a fractured ankle and has played in just three games this season.
According to Brian Bennett of ESPN.com, Mark should be eligible to apply for a medical redshirt and may do just that.
Mark was injured in Northwestern’s opener, a 44-30 victory over the California Golden Bears in which Mark rushed for 29 yards on 11 carries. He missed wins over the Syracuse Orange, Western Michigan Broncos and Maine Black Bears. He returned for a loss to the Ohio State Buckeyes, rushing for 60 yards on 17 carries, but was reinjured a week later in a 35-6 loss to the Wisconsin Badgers. He hasn’t played since.
The 5’8, 175. lb. Tomball, Texas native was expected to compete for several major awards. In 2012, Mark rushed 1,366 yards and 12 touchdowns on 226 attempts, helping the Wildcats to a 10-3 record.
The Wildcats, who have lost five straight games after winning their first four, will host the Michigan Wolverines Saturday at 3:30 pm EST.