South Florida will be without their starting running back on Saturday as the Bulls will take on Northern Illinois down one of their key players. Marlon Mack will not be available for South Florida this week as the junior running back was not cleared after suffering a concussion last week.
Rushing for over 1,000 yards in each of his two collegiate seasons, Mack’s absence will surely serve as a serious blow for the Bulls as he is the focal point of their offensive attack. Mack suffered a concussion during South Florida’s season-opener against Towson, a game in which he rushed for 58 yards on nine carries while scoring a touchdown as well.
ESPN college football insider Brett McMurphy is reporting that Mack was not cleared to play after sitting out of practice this week. Keeping Mack on the sideline and out of the South Florida gameplan, the Bulls will be without the player who produces a large portion of their offense.
South Florida had five running backs rush for 30 yards or more in their win over Towson. However, such a statistic will be much more difficult to come by as the Bulls will take on a Northern Illinois team that will be hungry for a win after losing to Wyoming 40-34 to open their season.
Northern Illinois allowed 243 total rushing yards in the somewhat surprising loss against Wyoming. Running back Brian Hill led the Cowboys in rushing against the Huskies as he posted 125 yards and two rushing touchdowns last week.