Originally posted on Orange Fizz  |  Last updated 1/3/12
NJ.com Syracuse fans can breathe a little sigh of relief as Shamarko Thomas announces via Twitter he will return to the Hill next season: “I’ve decided to put my NFL career on hold for another year and will remain at SU for another season to further develop myself as an athlete.” This is a crucial month for SU football, and let’s hope Shamarko’s decision represents a fresh start in the new year. Over the next 30 days, Doug Marrone and his staff will need to work tirelessly to build a respectable recruiting class to make up for some gaping holes left because of the draft, suspensions and graduation. The good news is scholarships have now opened up to add some talent. The Orange was flying high after a dominating win over West Virginia on national television. Since then, the program has endured a series of blows. The Orange collapsed losing the last five games of the season and missing a bowl. Phillip Thomas was suspended for an entire calendar year. Chandler Jones chose to test the NFL
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