In what has to be one of the most devastating days in Northwestern history, All-American RB Venric Mark announced he will transfer and WR Christian Jones suffered a season ending injury in practice.
Mark's transfer comes just a day after telling the Chicago Tribune's Teddy Greenstein ". When I get back, I expect us to be 2-0. I’m going to hit the ground running.”. He was suspended for the first two games of the season over the weekend. Mark has not announced his intended destination. He did mention that he wants to be closer to home. Mark is from Texas.
Jones led Northwestern with 54 receptions for 668 yards and four touchdowns last season.
Per Greenstein, Pat Fitzgerald will meet with the media after practice on Thursday in Kenosha and said about Mark's departure.
"(It is) a difficult day for our football family and, most importantly, for Venric. We love him, and there is no doubt that we’re going to miss him as both a person and player. But this is unquestionably what is best for Venric and those closest to him."
Jones is expected to take a redshirt season and return in 2015.
Treyvon Green and Stephen Buckley should get the majority of the carries at running back. Green led the Wildcats with 736 yards and eight touchdowns last year. Buckley had 273 yards and a touchdown.
The Wide Receiving core is not as deep as having Green and Buckley. Tony Jones 55 receptions led NU last season and his 630 yards were second to Christian Jones. He also had four touchdowns. He and superback Dan Vitale are the most experienced returnees in the passing game with CJones out.
No other returnees had more than 11 receptions for NU last season. Cameron Dickerson and former Parade All-American Kyle Prater are the most likely to receive the chance to replace Christian Jones.