September 20, 2014

Northwestern has gained respect from NU coaches–Big Red Report (AUDIO)

It’s interesting to follow Northwestern now, for me personally one of the games I look forward to watching the Huskers play, because I’m from Chicago and I remember when I was just old enough to follow football, Northwestern was terrible. I was trying to remember, but at one point Northwestern lost something like 28, 32 games in a row. I checked after I voiced my report and it was actually 32. When they finally won, they took the goalposts from Ryan Field and threw them in Lake Michigan.

At the end of the September, the Northwestern Wildcats cracked the top 25 rankings and then the next week got tripped up at Penn State 39-28, but they bounced back with a 21-13 win at Minnesota and became the first Big Ten team to become bowl eligible with that sixth win. Defensive line coach Rick Kaczenski doesn’t think Northwestern gets the credit they deserve.

Venric Mark is a difference maker. He’s also an electrifying kick and punt returner. He’s returned two punts for touchdowns this season and averages 28 yards per punt return. Kaczenski remember Mark from his days at Iowa.

Mark is averaging 113 yards per game, 5.9 yards per carry. Coach Kaz calls him a pretty physical runner, downhill runner despite being listed at just 5’8, 175 pounds.

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