Venric Mark transfers to D-II West Texas A&M

By Jerry Hinnen | Staff Writer

Venric Mark had been suspended for two games at Northwestern. (USATSI)
Venric Mark had been suspended for two games at Northwestern. (USATSI)

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Venric Mark is officially heading back to home to Texas.

The former Northwestern all-purpose back told ESPN Saturday he will transfer to Division II West Texas A&M in Canyon, Texas, where he will be immediately eligible. CBSSports.com's Jeremy Fowler reported last week that Mark was considered walking on at Texas Tech, due to his mother residing in Lubbock, but eligibility concerns pushed Mark towards D-II.

"This is an hour and half from my mom," Mark told ESPN. "It's the best fit ... I couldn't gamble with my last year with no guarantees."

Mark and Northwestern announced August 12 that the former All-Big Ten tailback, receiver and punt returner would transfer out of the Wildcats program. Mark had been suspended for the first two games of the season for undisclosed reasons, but he said there was no "bad blood" between himself and Wildcat coach Pat Fitzgerald. Mark said he will earn his Northwestern degree before leaving.

After a breakout 2012 campaign that featured 1,366 rushing yards and a pair of punt return touchdowns, the Texas native missed nearly the entire 2013 season through injury and received a fifth year of eligibility from the NCAA in January.

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