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December 5, 2013
Season Rewind: Special Teams
Venric Mark was supposed to validate his 2012 All-American honors as a return man, but multiple injuries prevented it. Punter Brandon Williams could have made his year his best campaign, but instead he finished his career on the bench. Jeff Budzien was considered a major candidate for the Lou Groza Award, but even though he finished a remarkable 23-of-25 field goals wasn't enough to make him a finalist.
Still, special teams were far from the reason for the downfall of this team. Players stepped up to fill the multiple openings created by injuries, and when the offense was stopped time and time again in the red zone, the kicking team was there to salvage some points. Without this group, Northwestern's already disappointing record might have been even worse.