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Venric Mark's transfer is the latest blow to Northwestern's hopes

By Ivan Maisel | ESPN.com

Venric Mark
Icon Sports MediaVenric Mark had a big season in 2012 but was injured much of last season.

1. Players with the quickness and power of Venric Mark don't grow on trees, especially on the stately oaks at Northwestern. That's why Mark's decision to transfer is a blow to the Wildcats' fortunes. We saw the difference his absence made last season, when he played only three games because of injury. Between the loss of Mark and leading wide receiver Christian Jones, who blew out a knee this month, this Northwestern team is already different from the one predicted to return to the top 25. Not all the surprises of August are pleasant.

2. The Mid-American Conference has formed a "task force" to study cost of attendance and the implications of including it in an athletic scholarship. While that's a smart thing to do, the MAC's biggest problem regarding cost of attendance is simple. How do midlevel FBS programs scare up the funds to pay several hundred student-athletes a few extra thousand dollars per year? That's not a job for a task force. That's a job for a magician.

3. My colleague Chantel Jennings wrote Thursday that only one of the past 13 Heisman winners played a position other than quarterback (tailback Mark Ingram of Alabama, 2009). Check this out: In the last four NFL drafts, only four backs have been selected in the first round. They are Ingram in 2011 and Trent Richardson of Alabama, Doug Martin of Boise State and David Wilson of Virginia Tech in 2012. In the past two NFL drafts, running backs have been ignored in the first round. You don't have to be that old to remember when NFL teams -- not to mention the rest of us -- revered running backs. Those days are gone.

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It's been very, very difficult. Very emotional. But I've learned a ton about myself and who I am, what I bring to the table. If I go back and think about those times, it makes this year that much more precious to me.

-- Texas linebacker Jordan Hicks, whose Longhorns career has been slowed by injuries

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