In a bit of shocking news on Wednesday night, the Northwestern Wildcats will be without their most dominant player this season, as fifth-year senior running back Venric Mark has opted to transfer out of the program for “personal reasons.”
BREAKING: RB Venric Mark is transferring, per school release.
— Sean Merriman (@BTNSean) August 13, 2014
Just this past week it was announced that Mark had been suspended for the first two games of the season, however not many people saw a full-on transfer coming like we saw on Wednesday night.
Mark missed a good majority of the season last year with injury, and he was granted a medical hardship waiver for this upcoming season. With the loss of Kain Colter from the quarterback position, Mark was undoubtedly going to be the biggest weapon that head coach Pat Fitzgerald and the Wildcats had.
Upon the announcement of his departure, Mark released the following statement.
“Northwestern has been an indescribable experience for me,” said Mark. “It has been my home for four years, and has molded me into the man I am. I’m one class shy of the Northwestern degree I’ve worked so hard for, and I will graduate. I’m devastated to leave my second home, but life is full of challenges and I’ve been presented with another one. Right now this is what is best for me and my family.”