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Venric Mark cleared to rejoin Wildcats

Northwestern's Venric Mark (5) pushes forward during third quarter Ryan Field EvanstIll. Saturday October 20 2012. | Andrew A. Nelles~Sun-Times

Northwestern's Venric Mark (5) pushes forward during the third quarter at Ryan Field in Evanston, Ill., on Saturday, October 20, 2012. | Andrew A. Nelles~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: January 22, 2014 12:28AM

Northwestern running back Venric Mark’s eligibility for an injury-hardship waiver was never in doubt. It became official Tuesday, when the Big Ten approved his application, allowing Mark to return for the 2014 season.

Mark played sparingly in the 2013 season opener at California and sat out the rest of the nonconference season before returning for the Big Ten opener against Ohio State. The next week, Mark played in the first quarter at Wisconsin before being removed because of an injury.

He didn’t play the rest of the season because of what the team later revealed was a fractured ankle.

In 2012, Mark ran for 1,366 yards and 12 touchdowns. He also earned All-America honors as a punt returner.

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