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Northwestern return man Venric Mark’s ‘spy’ work

Updated: November 16, 2011 11:39AM

Northwestern return specialist Venric Mark, a whippet of a guy at 5-8, 175 pounds, saw action as a “spy” for middle linebacker David Nwabuisi on Michigan’s first possession on a third-down play.

Mark honed in on Wolverines quarterback Denard Robinson, expecting the speedy junior to keep the ball. But Robinson elected to pass and threw a 48-yard bomb to ­Junior Hemingway. The pass set up Michigan’s first score.

It wasn’t Mark’s first foray at a new position. Against Minnesota last season, Mark took a few reps at running back when the Wildcats were still trying to find their way at the position.

And Saturday night, he was back in the backfield in addition to his duties on special teams.


A week after NU’s pass defense was embarrassed at Illinois, redshirt freshman safety Ibraheim Campbell intercepted Robinson twice in the first half.

Campbell returned his first pick 33 yards, and it led to the Wildcats’ second touchdown, a seven-yard run by true freshman Treyvon Green that gave NU a 14-7 lead in the first quarter.


Fred Gilson, a member of the chain gang for 47 years, suffered a heart attack on the field about 25 minutes before kickoff and was taken to Evanston Hospital, a team spokesperson said. NU team physician George Chiampas performed CPR on Gilson, 83, and the spokesperson said Gilson was in good condition and ­undergoing tests.

◆ Backup quarterback Kain Colter saw time at receiver and running back.

◆ Representatives from the Rose Bowl, Capital One Bowl and Gator Bowl were in ­attendance.

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