In a shocking announcement Wednesday night, Northwestern announced star running back Venric Mark will transfer from the program.

The school's press release says he decided to leave the program, where he's spent the past four seasons, due to personal reasons and to play closer to his family. He's from Texas.

“Northwestern has been an indescribable experience for me,” Mark said in the release. "It has been my home for four years, and has molded me into the man I am. I’m one class shy of the Northwestern degree I’ve worked so hard for, and I will graduate. I’m devastated to leave my second home, but life is full of challenges and I’ve been presented with another one. Right now this is what is best for me and my family.”

“Today is a difficult day for our football family and, most importantly, for Venric,” Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald said in the release. "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."