Jerome Smith to enter 2014 NFL draft

Syracuse running back Jerome Smith will forgo his final year of eligibility to pursue a career in the NFL.

Jerome Smith will not return for his final season next year, opting instead to enter the NFL. Earlier today, Smith hinted that this could be the end of his collegiate career, tweeting: "It's been a pleasure Syracuse."

Head coach Scott Shafer confirmed this information today, according to the Syracuse Post-Standard.

Smith had one year of eligibility left after he was granted a medical redshirt for his freshman season, in which he rushed for only two carries due to injury. In four seasons, he has rushed for 2,145 yards and 15 touchdowns. This year, he led the Orange in rushing for a second consecutive season, with 840 yards and 11 touchdowns on 184 carries.

Smith will play his final game as a member of the Orange December 27 when Syracuse takes on Minnesota in the Texas Bowl.

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