Syracuse Football: Jerome Smith Will Be the Next Great Orange Running Back

Andrew PreglerContributor IIIDecember 28, 2011

At Syracuse, there exists a tradition for Orange running backs that very few schools can match. This legend started with the No. 44 that was passed on from Jim Brown to Ernie Davis to Flloyd Little and every back after.

Since 2005, the number has been retired and the tradition of 44 lives on in the minds of the Syracuse faithful. Next season, the Orange should be ready for the No. 45 to run them to a bowl game. 

Jerome Smith, No. 45, saw increased action as the season went on with his highlight reel play coming on a 10-yard touchdown against Pitt.

Smith is a bruising power back who looks to be just as tough as Delone Carter with the same lateral movement of Antwon Bailey. 

Even better, Smith, only a sophomore, will have plenty of time to develop before the Orange rely on him to carry the offense.

With Ryan Nassib expected to return for his last year of eligibility and as long as Alec Lemon and Jeremiah Kobena step up, the Syracuse passing game will be just as potent, if not more so, as this season.

Also, Smith will be able to counter the style of Prince Tyson-Gulley who is more of a "dash" to Smith's smash. 

Smith showed that he can be a true goal line threat and even put up Jerome Bettis like games with his size. So get ready Syracuse fans. "The Bus" is ready to roll.