College football

SYRACUSE — Mikel Jones confirmed that he will return to the Syracuse University football team with a social media post Thursday night.

The All-ACC First Team linebacker and SU defensive captain had previously stated he would consider entering the NFL draft after leading SU with 110 tackles, including 13 for loss and a conference-leading 60 solo.

Jones posted a photo in his SU jersey with the phrase: “I will be coming back for my senior year, Cuse nation,” and the accompanying caption: “Let’s run it back.”

His return allows the Orange to bring back as many as 17 starters from a unit that finished 5-7 overall, improving from a 1-10 campaign the year prior but falling short of its first bowl berth since 2018.

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