"We're going to take a hit in September, but I fully expect us to be 2-0 by the time I get back," Venric Mark said Tuesday, addressing media for the first time since news of his two-game suspension for violating team policy.
He announced his transfer from the program Wednesday.
Mark, a fifth-year senior who earned All-American honors with the Wildcats in 2012, cites "personal reasons" in his departure from NU. This comes the same day as an announcement that senior wide receiver Christian Jones will be shut down for the year due to injury.
It's a devastating day for Northwestern, which suddenly and inexplicably finds itself without two of its biggest offensive weapons. Trevyon Green will assume the starting running back role, while Warren Long, Stephen Buckley, Justin Jackson and Solomon Vault offer depth. Cameron Dickerson, Kyle Prater and Rutgers transfer Miles Shuler will be forced to step up and complement Tony Jones at wideout.
Northwestern ranked 10th in the Big Ten in scoring last year.
“Northwestern has been an indescribable experience for me,” Mark said in a press release. "It has been my home for four years, and has molded me into the man I am. I’m one class shy of the Northwestern degree I’ve worked so hard for, and I will graduate. I’m devastated to leave my second home, but life is full of challenges and I’ve been presented with another one. Right now this is what is best for me and my family.”