Venric Mark, RB

School: West Texas A&M  |  Conference: LSC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Tomball, TX
Height/Weight: 5-7 / 172 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
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Player Overview

A scatback-type, Mark led the Big Ten in all-purpose yardage last season averaging 166.6 yards per game, recording 2,166 total yards. Mark has also made his mark on special teams as a return man, averaging 18.7 on punt returns last year with a pair of touchdowns.

Although he doesn't have the prototypical build to be an every-down back at the next level, Mark could be used as an all-purpose weapon in the NFL who can catch passes out of the backfield and return kicks. (10/13/13)

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Mark shows very good acceleration out of his cuts and scampers through arm tackles towards daylight and the second level. He is very shifty between the tackles, doesn't run hesitant and wastes little time getting north-south downfield. Isn't afraid to lower his pads and deliver a pop at the point of attack. He lines up at running back and wide receiver and is a versatile offensive weapon

WEAKNESSES: Smallish frame and won't be able to put on too much more weight for the next level. Showed signs of wearing down toward the end of 2012, and durability is something to watch with his undersized body type. Lacks a true NFL position, but has skills that translate to the NFL level.

--Dane Brugler

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08/23/2014 - RB Mark transfers to West Texas A&M ... Former Northwestern running back Venric Mark is transferring to West Texas A&M. Mark told ESPN that he chose West Texas A&M over several other schools because "this is an hour and half from my mom. It's the best fit." Mark said he was also interested in Baylor, Houston, Texas State, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech and Kansas. He said only some of the schools were willing to apply for an NCAA waiver to be eligible to play this season.

Mark announced last week he was leaving Northwestern. He was going to be suspended for part of this season for violating rules. He cited health issues involving his mother and grandmother as reasons why he left Northwestern to be closer to home. "I will get my Northwestern degree," Mark said. "There is no bad blood with Northwestern at all. Me and Coach Fitz (Pat Fitzgerald) still talk. We are still family." Mark missed much of last season with leg injuries but was granted an additional year of eligibility from the NCAA. He ran for 1,366 yards with 12 touchdowns and returned to punts for touchdowns in 2012. Mark, who hopes to play in the NFL next season, already started practicing at West Texas A&M. - The Sports Xchange



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