June 25, 2013
Through today, the Big Ten will highlight each of the 24 student-athletes nominated for the conference's Athlete of the Year awards. Award winners are voted on by a pre-selected media panel and will be announced on Wednesday.
Venric Mark - Northwestern - Football
Mark became Northwestern's first 1,000-yard rusher since 2006, scampering for 1,366 yards in his first full season in the backfield. Mark earned first-team All-America honors as a punt returner from the Football Writers Association of America and was named the Wildcats' Offensive MVP, helping the team to a 10-3 record and a win in the TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl. A second-team All-Big Ten selection by the coaches and media, Mark posted eight 100-yard rushing efforts and scored 14 total touchdowns. The junior ranked first in the conference and 12thnationally in all-purpose yards per game with 166.6, finishing 29 yards shy of breaking Northwestern's single-season all-purpose yardage record. Click HERE for more information on Venric.
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