Oct 5, 2013; Evanston, IL, USA; Northwestern Wildcats running back Venric Mark (5) runs against Ohio State Buckeyes defensive back Tyvis Powell (23) during the second quarter at Ryan Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

11 Northwestern players, including Venric Mark, out for spring practice


Coming off an extremely disappointing 5-7 season, the Northwestern Wildcats will be looking to rebound in 2014.

The attempt at turning things around is already off to a rough start. When spring practice opens Wednesday, the Wildcats will be without 11 players, including star running back Venric Mark, according to Teddy Greenstein of The Chicago Tribune.

Mark, who was granted a medical redshirt after being limited to one full game last season, underwent ankle surgery on his left leg.

Asked whether Mark’s ankle issue could linger into fall camp, NU coach Pat Fitzgerald replied: “I hope not.”

Mark was limited to just three games last season because of his injuries. He rushed for 97 yards on 31 carries and had five receptions for 48 yards.

As a junior in 2012, Mark rushed for 1,366 yards and 12 touchdowns on 226 yards.

After last season, he was awarded a medical redshirt for the 2013 season, allowing him to return in 2014.

The other 10 players out are defensive linemen Max Chapman, Deonte Gibson, Sean McEvilly, Ifeadi Odenigbo, wide receiver Cermak Bland, safety Terrance Brown, running back Stephen Buckley, cornerback Daniel Jones and two offensive linemen Brad North and Ian Park.

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