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Northwestern redshirt senior RB Venric Mark is "an exciting all-purpose weapon with the ball," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"Some scouts view him as a receiver while others prefer to keep him at running back, but regardless, Mark is an exciting all-purpose weapon with the ball. He has light, explosive speed to fluidly change directions and make decisive cuts in the open field," Brugler wrote. The 5-foot-8, 175 pound RB received a medical hardship waiver due to a hamstring injury and then suffered a broken ankle after returning and only played in three games. In 2012, Mark led the team in rushing as a junior with 1,366 yards on 226 carries, and earned offensive MVP honors for the Wildcats.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 1 - 1:44 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler notes that Northwestern senior S Ibraheim Campbell "is very steady and plays with a reliable presence."

"Campbell isn't elite in any one area on the football field, but is very steady and plays with a reliable presence that brings stability to the Northwestern defense," Brugler wrote. The 5-foot-11, 205 pound Campbell, has started in 37 games as a Wildcat and recorded 262 total tackles, 29 passes defended and eight interceptions in the last three seasons. Not only is Campbell reliable on the field, but off the field, he has a great presence in the locker room and in the class room, as Campbell is a three-time All-Academic Big Ten player.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 1 - 10:57 AM

Northwestern senior RB Venric Mark has been clocked at 4.32 in the forty-yard dash.

Mark measures only 5-foot-8, 175 pounds, but he's a terror on the field capable of breaking defenses as a rusher, receiver or returner. Formerly a prep track stud in Houston, Mark is now a dynamic but injury-prone weapon out of the Wildcats' backfield. The NCAA granted Mark a fifth year of eligibility in January after he missed most of last season with a factored ankle. If he stays healthy this season -- no certainty -- Mark could top 2012's total of 1,366 rushing yards on 6.0 yards per carry
Source: NFL.com
May 30 - 7:23 PM

Vikings signed Northwestern WR Kain Colter.

Colter (5-foot-10 1/2, 198) played quarterback and wideout for the Wildcats, finishing his career with an 18:9 TD-to-INT ratio as a passer and combined four-year receiving stat line of 63-683-10.8-4. He averaged 4.9 yards on 449 carries. Colter couldn't work out before the draft due to an ankle-cartilage injury that required surgery. He projects as a possible Brad Smith-type player. Although there are exceptions, college QBs have generally had a very difficult time transitioning to different positions in the NFL. Colter is a long shot to latch on even with a wide receiver needy team like the Vikings.
May 11 - 2:38 PM

Northwestern's Kain Colter will likely transition to WR at the next level.

After missing the combine and the school's first pro day due to his recovery from right ankle microfracture surgery on Jan. 31, Colter worked out for 16 NFL teams at the Wildcats' second pro day on Wednesday at what was described as "85 percent." He ran a 4.71 forty. Colter "is described as being very athletic and having a good ability to catch the ball," wrote NFL.com's Gil Brandt. "This is a good player who will be changing his position to play in the NFL." Colter (5-foot-11, 196 pounds) was a QB and RB at Northwestern.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 19 - 5:58 PM

Northwestern senior QB Trevor Siemian has been named starter.

Because of Siemian's skill set, Northwestern anticipates throwing the ball more in the coming season. Last year's option-heavy run attack was suited for QB Kain Colter and RB Venric Mark. "We still have the option, but our next option off of a run play is maybe to throw something," offensive coordinator Mick McCall said. "That's the way it's always been in this system. When we had an option quarterback, you could pitch it off of that. Now they load the box and we pull the ball and we're going to throw it."
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 13 - 10:56 PM

Northwestern senior QB Trevor Siemian criticized former QB Kain Colter and other players that explored unionization without first speaking with coaches or administrators.

Siemian opposes unionization. "I'm treated far better than I deserve here," Siemian said. "Introducing a third party or somebody else, especially when our main goals when this began ... there were issues with the NCAA that we thought we could address, and (unionizing) was one of the ways to do it. Nothing had been exhausted from within the school. Myself included, nobody ever addressed Fitz or Dr. Phillips about these issues." Players will vote about unionization by secret ballot on April 25. Northwestern has already appealed the Chicago National Labor Relations Board's decision to allow the players to form a union.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 9 - 5:12 PM

Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald is telling his players to vote against forming a union later this month.

Fitzgerald had previously refused to discuss the topic, but broke his silence after speaking with university attorneys. "I believe it's in their best interests to vote no," Fitzgerald said Saturday. "With the research that I've done, I'm going to stick to the facts and I'm going to do everything in my power to educate our guys. Our university is going to do that. We'll give them all the resources they need to get the facts." Northwestern players will vote on April 25, a right granted by Chicago's National Labor Relations Board office. The school is appealing the ruling.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 6 - 11:47 PM

NCAA president Mark Emmert was highly critical of the idea of college football players unionizing.

"To be perfectly frank, the notion of using a union employee model to address the challenges that do exist in intercollegiate athletics is something that strikes most people as a grossly inappropriate solution to the problems," Emmert said Sunday. "It would blow up everything about the collegiate model of athletics." The National Labor Relations Board ruled last month that Northwestern players are employees and have the right to form a union. The school will appeal, and resolution to the case appears to be years away -- and perhaps a trip to the Supreme Court -- away.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 6 - 10:49 PM

Northwestern football players will vote on whether or not to form a union April 25.

The Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board authorized the unionization late last month. Northwestern said it will appeal the ruling. If a majority of the 76 eligible football players vote for a union, the Kain Colter-led College Athletes Players Association (CAPA) would have legal right to collectively bargain with the school on the player's behalf. This case looks destined to be heard by the United States Supreme Court in a few years.
Apr 3 - 5:22 PM

Former Northwestern QB Kain Colter and president of the College Athletes Players Association Ramogi Huma spoke with legislators on Wednesday about the unionization of Northwestern football players.

The duo was in Washington, D.C. to urge lawmakers to protect a ruling by the National Labor Relations Board that authorized the unionization. Northwestern said it will appeal the ruling. "Congress is an important part of the chess board," Colter said after meeting with Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio. Said Brown in a statement: "College athletes dedicate the same hours to their support as full-time employees and deserve the same protections as any other worker."
Apr 2 - 10:01 PM

Former Northwestern QB Kain Colter and president of the College Athletes Players Association Ramogi Huma will travel to Washington, D.C., on Wednesday and Thursday to speak with undisclosed legislators.

The duo is trying to protect a ruling by the National Labor Relations Board that authorized the unionization of Northwestern football players. "We want them to understand why we're doing what we're doing," Huma said of his upcoming meeting with lawmakers. "Obviously, Congress has the power to affect conditions for college athletes as well, and we want to correct some of the false statements that have been made about what we're trying to do." College football players have at least one influential supporter in Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), who told The Washington Post, "Of course they should be able to organize. The way these people are treated by the NCAA and the universities themselves is really unpardonable, and I wish them well. I'll do anything I can to help."
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 30 - 7:15 PM

The National Labor Relations Board ruled Northwestern players are employees and have the right to form a union.

One noteworthy line from the NLRB ruling reads "It cannot be said the Employer’s scholarship players are 'primarily students.'" Per the language in the ruling, these student athletes work well over 40 hours per week during training and the season, and work virtually year round. This is a large step forward towards athletes at every school unionizing, and potentially receiving compensation outside of scholarships.
Mar 26 - 3:23 PM

Kain Colter and other Northwestern football players have filed paperwork in the hopes of unionizing, according to ESPN.

"This is about finally giving college athletes a seat at the table. Athletes deserve an equal voice when it comes to their physical, academic and financial protections," Ramogi Huma of the National College Players Association told Outside the Lines. Colter has completed his time with Northwestern and is on his way to the NFL, but the process apparently began last spring.
Source: ESPN
Jan 28 - 11:24 AM

Northwestern senior WR Kain Colter will undergo ankle surgery and miss the next 8-12 weeks of the pre-draft process.

Obviously Colter will miss the Senior Bowl on Saturday. The injury was of the pre-existing variety. It is bad luck for Colter, especially since he showed great promise at receiver during the week of practice. He displayed a hands catching mentality and understood how to get his opposition off balance then break off his route. We still expect Colter to be selected in the fourth-round range.
Jan 24 - 9:46 AM


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