Former Northwestern running back Venric Mark is exploring his transfer options and plans either to walk on at Texas Tech or enroll at a one of two Texas Division-II schools, reports CBS Sports.
The Division-II schools Mark is considering are West Texas A&M and Midwestern State. CBS Sports reports that he was one class short of graduating, which will complicate getting an eligibility waiver to compete immediately at another FBS school, such as Texas Tech. He may attempt to get a waiver to play closer to his mother, who lives in Lubbock, Texas.
Mark transferred from Northwestern after being suspended for the team's first two games following an unspecified rules violation. A day before his transfer was announced, he had said he wanted to "hit the ground running" with the Wildcats.
In 2012, Mark was named a first-team All-American at punt returner by the Football Writers Association of America, NU's first All-American since 2005. That year he ran for 1,366 yards and 12 TDs and posted a 18.7-yard average on punt returns, scoring twice. That season Northwestern defeated Mississippi State in the TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl for the program's first bowl victory since 1949. After playing in just three games last season because of injuries, he applied for and received a medical hardship waiver, granting him a fifth year of eligibility.
- Alex Hampl