NU RB Mark expected to practice Tuesday

September, 17, 2012
9/17/12
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Northwestern junior running back Venric Mark is expected to return to practice Tuesday after leaving Saturday’s game due to an injury.

Mark left Saturday’s game against Boston College in the third quarter with what Northwestern described as a lower-body injury. He rushed for 77 yards on 18 carries and had seven receptions for 42 yards before departing.

“I expect him to practice (Tuesday,)” Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald said on Monday.

Mark has 282 rushing yards and one touchdown on 56 carries and 10 receptions for 72 yards and one touchdown this season. He has also returned one punt for a touchdown this season.

Junior running back Mike Trumpy picked up the majority of the carries after Mark’s departure in Saturday’s win. Trumpy finished with 106 yards and one touchdown on 16 carries.

Fitzgerald said Monday he hoped to utilize both running backs in the future.

“I think we’ve got a good situation there,” Fitzgerald said. “I think that both guys are practicing at a high level, and it’s showing up on the field.”

Northwestern improved to 3-0 with Saturday’s victory and will host South Dakota on Saturday.
Scott Powers is a general reporter for ESPNChicago.com. He is an award-winning journalist and has been reporting on preps, colleges and pros for publications throughout the Midwest since 1997.

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