Northwestern running back Venric Mark, suspended for the first two games of the season for a violation of team rules, is transferring, the school announced Wednesday night.
Northwestern also confirmed that wide receiver Christian Jones will miss the 2014 season after suffering a knee injury in practice.
Personal reasons were cited for Mark's transfer. According to the school, the redshirt senior wants to play closer to home. Mark is from Texas, but there is no indication where he might land next.
"Today is a difficult day for our football family and, most importantly, for Venric," Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald said. "We love him, and there is no doubt that we're going to miss him as both a person and player. But this is unquestionably what is best for Venric and those closest to him."
Just last week, Mark said, "Does it hurt? Yeah, it hurts really bad," Mark said. "But there's no point in pouting. I'm going to embrace it""
Mark was injured for much of last season and played in only three games. In 2012, Mark contributed 2,166 all-purpose yards and 15 touchdowns as a running back and returner.
Senior Treyvon Green will take over as the starting running back. He rushed for 736 yards and eight touchdowns last year.
Jones was the Wilcats' leading receiver last year with 54 catches for 668 yards and four touchdowns.