Jerome Smith has more than 2,000 yards, 16 touchdowns and has led Syracuse in rushing during each of the last two seasons.
He will not do so again in 2014, as he appears ready to take the next step in his career.
Though Smith, a redshirt junior, recently said he'd likely return to the program next fall -- he has changed his mind.
The 6-foot, 217-pound Bear, Delaware native currently leads the team in rushing with 840 yards and 13 scores this fall. Should he follow through with the decision, Prince-Tyson Gulley, George Morris III and DeVante McFarlane will be the top candidates to share the load going forward. Each saw considerable work this fall, totaling a combined 1,036 yards on 197 carries, which is better than a 5-yard per carry average.
Smith graduated from the university earlier this month.
Syracuse (6-6, 4-4) takes on Minnesota (8-4, 4-4) in the Texas Bowl on December 27 at 6:00 p.m. EST.
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