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Northwestern’s Venric Mark makes All-America team as punt returner

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Updated: January 16, 2013 6:10AM

Running back Venric Mark became the 39th player in Northwestern history to be named an All-American by the Football Writers Association of America.

Mark made the team as a punt returner. He’s the only Big Ten player on the squad.

Mark averaged 20.1 yards per punt return, tops in the nation.

He became the second player in school history — and the first since 1949 — to return two punts for touchdowns in a season.

Mark ranked ninth in the country with 171.7 all-purpose yards per game.

Neil Hayes

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