You know, it was about time we had some luck go our way. The Northwestern Wildcats will have to make do without their projected starting running back Venric Mark due to the ever familiar "violation of team rules." Mark will miss the first two games of the season, but there’s only one we care about—the season-opener against Cal. Here is the perspective from Northwestern’s Inside NU.
Mark did not play much in 2013 due to injury and thus received an extra year of eligibility due to a medical hardship waiver. He rushed for 29 yards on 11 carries and caught 1 pass for five yards. But he had a spectacular 2012 campaign: Mark was an All-American as a punt returner, was Northwestern’s first 1000 yard rusher since 2006, recorded 2,166 all-purpose yards, the second most in Wildcat history, and was a national semifinalist for the Doak Walker Award, given to the nation’s top running back. He’s definitely the most explosive weapon the Wildcats have to offer, and his absence should give the Cal defense a little bit of relief.
See, this is what we get to avoid!
Unfortunately for Cal, that means we will have to deal once again with Mark’s likely backup, Treyvon Green. Green had a pretty average season but absolutely torched Cal to the tune of 8 yards per carry and 129 yards and two touchdowns.
Here, let’s relive an Andy Buh derp: six men in the box against a six man front and WHY ARE YOU VACATING THE MIDDLE OF THE FIELD.
So we can hardly breathe easy.
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