What was supposed to be a fantastic senior season for running back Venric Mark and the Northwestern Wildcats turned into a complete disaster.
Mark rushed for just 29 yards on 11 carries in Northwestern’s season opening 44-30 victory over California. Then, he missed the next three games with an injury. He returned for Northwestern’s showdown with the Ohio State Buckeyes and rushed for 60 yards on 17 carries, but the Wildcats suffered their first defeat, 40-30, at the hands of the Buckeyes. A week later, Mark was injured in a 35-6 loss to the Wisconsin Badgers after rushing for just eight yards on three carries.
He would miss the remainder of the season and the Wildcats did not win another game until earning a 37-34 victory over rival Illinois in the season finale. They finished 5-7.
However, things are now looking up for Mark after he got fantastic news on Wednesday.
This just in: #Northwestern RB Venric Mark granted fifth year of eligibility. Great news.
— Brent Yarina (@BTNBrentYarina) January 21, 2014
Mark was so highly touted entering his senior season because he rushed for 1,366 yards and 12 touchdowns on 226 carries as a junior.