Practice Notes: On the Mark

More on Venric Mark, Chance Carter and the cornerback play from Northwestern's Tuesday morning session.

Venric Mark was elated after Northwestern's Tuesday practice, speaking to the media for the first time this season. Mark declared that his "mojo" had returned, and if practice results were any indication, he's not lying. The All-American excelled out of the backfield, catching passes and making swift lateral moves. I'd be surprised, honestly, if Pat Fitzgerald and Mick McCall chose to limit Mark's touches on Saturday. He's nearing full strength.

— Most valuable player from practice: Trevor Siemian. He aired the ball out to receivers including Kyle Prater and Rashad Lawrence. Quarterback 1-b completed an impressive variety of throws in the morning session. If the passing attack can find success against Ohio State, expect a much closer game than anticipated.

— It took quite some time, but Kyle Prater looks ever closer to his breakout game. The former USC transfer made comfortable grabs on the perimeter, finally using his size to an advantage. Tony Jones was another receiver standout, with teammates praising him for solid blocking.

— Defensive tackle Chance Carter–after a decent first month–showed significant improvement in practice. He's among the team's most intense players, and even threw a football over the practice field fence when he narrowly missed an interception. Regardless, his passion and intensity shone through.

— Recent transfer Miles Shuler tried his best imitation of Braxton Miller for the scout team offense. Shuler spoke on Tuesday about knowing that NU was the perfect fit. He's watched the program closely–even from Rutgers–and looks forward to making an impact next season. It's an ideal fit.

— The cornerback play was average. Dwight White made one nice deep interception, but often fell victim to similar struggles that defined his first month. I don't expect Matt Harris to earn the starter's role for Saturday. They'll need an exceptional game from White to slow down OSU's passing attack.

— NU returns to practice on Wednesday morning in advance of this week's College GameDay-featured matchup with Ohio State.

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