Nov 9, 2013; College Park, MD, USA; Syracuse Orange running back Jerome Smith (45) rushes for a touchdown past Maryland Terrapins defensive back A.J. Hendy (19) at Byrd Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Draft 2014: Syracuse RB Jerome Smith headed to NFL according to head coach Scott Shafer

On Friday, Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer confirmed that running back Jerome Smith will skip his senior season for the Orange and will enter the 2014 NFL Draft:

“He just felt it was his time,” Shafer said. “He’s all set to graduate, all set with school. He felt like he finished school and there wasn’t any reason to hang around anymore. He felt like he was ready.”

Originally, according to, Smith had planned to come back for one more year, but he obviously had changed his mind since then and will now go see how much of a paycheck he can collect in the National Football League.

This season, Smith rushed for 840 yards and 11 touchdowns on 184 carries for Syracuse in their first year as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Smith enters a 2014 running back class that has the potential to be quite deep, depending on who comes out. Earlier today, Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon announced that he will be returning to Madison next season, while Baylor’s Lache Seastrunk has requested his NFL Draft evaluation. Plus, there are still a host of others that still have to make their decision.

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