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It's Official: Venric Mark Granted a 5th Year

After a pretty non-suspenseful process, Northwestern announced today via Twitter that running back Venric Mark will be granted a medical hardship waiver and return for his redshirt senior season with the Wildcats.

https://twitter.com/nu_sports/status/425758244829548545

This was pretty much a given, since Mark appeared to pass all the qualifications for the waiver, as we wrote back in October:

In order to be eligible for a medical redshirt, Mark has to have competed in fewer than 30 percent of NU’s games and he must be held out of those games for medical reasons, not just because NU wants to save him for next year. He also can’t participate in a game in the second half of the season. Technically, Mark meets all of those requirements so far. He’s participated in three games (25 percent) and barely played in two of them, so he would have a good case in that respect. Also, the last game he played in was the sixth game of the season against Wisconsin, and that falls in the first half of the season.

Mark will be the star of a crowded backfield next seasons, as senior Treyvon Green, sophomore Stephen Buckley and sophomore Warren Long all have experience. Freshmen Auston Anderson and Justin Jackson could also see some time. That's preferable to last season, though, when NU was briefly out of healthy scholarship running backs against Nebraska.

Even though there wasn't really much doubt — though you never know with the NCAA's goofy policies — it's official. #Marknado will be back in Evanston.