Mark helping the Wildcats to a 10-3 record and a win in the TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl.
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.
Previously Highlighted Nominees:
Ed Ruth, Penn State wrestling
Christine Nairn, Penn State women's soccer
Geoff Davis, Purdue men's track & field
Casey Matthews, Purdue women's swimming & diving
Derek St. John, Iowa wrestling
Jessica Barnett, Iowa field hockey
Connor Jaeger, Michigan men's swimming & diving
Joanna Sampson, Michigan women's gymnastics
Le'Veon Bell, Michigan State football
Caroline Powers, Michigan State women's golf
Tony Nelson, Minnesota wrestling
Amanda Kessel, Minnesota women's ice hockey
Justin Parr, Illinois baseball
Ashley Spencer, Illinois women's track & field
Montee Ball, Wisconsin football
Cassandra Darrah, Wisconsin softball
Chad Wright, Nebraska men's track & field
Mary Weatherholt, Nebraska women's tennis