|Paulus expected to visit Syracuse|
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|Thursday, 23 April 2009 12:21|
Paulus already has worked out for the Green Bay Packers and visited with Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez, and he's expected to make a visit to Syracuse within the next few days.
Orange head coach Doug Marrone has declined to comment, citing NCAA rules. ``We're very well aware of the situation,'' Marrone said.
Paulus has exhausted his basketball eligibility at Duke, but he still has one season left to play another sport. So the one-time, record-setting high school signal-caller is weighing one last shot at a football career.
a chance to do what I want to do?''
Paulus would appear to have a legitimate chance at Syracuse, a proud program that's fallen on hard times. Hired in December to resurrect the team he once played for - Syracuse has gone 10-37 over the past four seasons - Marrone already has moved Andrew Robinson, a former starter at quarterback, to tight end and demoted Cam Dantley, last year's starter, to backup behind redshirt freshman Ryan Nassib, who has never thrown a college pass.
Paulus, who played point guard for four years at Duke, certainly has credentials for at least a look. In high school at Christian Brothers Academy, located less than a mile from Marrone's office, Paulus was one of the nation's top prep quarterbacks. He was the Gatorade National Player of the Year in 2004, and as a senior running a potent spread offense threw for 3,700 yards and 43 touchdowns in a 13-0 season. He finished his prep career with 11,763 yards and 152 touchdowns passing.
``Can he come back and play? Yeah,'' Christian Brothers head coach Joe Casamento said Thursday. ``Do I know if he's going to win the job someplace? No. But I know this. If he doesn't win it, he'll put a lot of pressure on whoever's in front of him to be great because he's a competitor.''
at Duke. For most of the past four years, his only flirtation with football came when he threw the ball around with his younger brother, Mike, a quarterback at North Carolina.
Having been away from the game for so long has raised doubts about whether Paulus, at 6-foot-1 and 185 pounds, can succeed at the Division I level, especially for a team like Syracuse, which has struggled to build a solid offensive line.
``This is not Class A football. You're talking a high level of competition,'' said Greg Boltus, a coach at Christian Brothers when Paulus played there. ``He's smart and tough, and he'll go out there and compete, but is he going to have the physical tools four years later? That's the question.
``I hope it works out for him,'' said Boltus, whose son, Jason, became a record-setting quarterback at Division III Hartwick College and is expected to be selected in the NFL draft. ``But the game is nothing like high school.''
Casamento warns not to underestimate his former star.
``You know what? It's a lot easier for all these people who have never played Division I anything to sit there and say, 'He can't do anything.' But they don't know because they've never done it,'' Casamento said. ``This kid was a Division I basketball player on the point at Duke as a freshman. And it's about working and trying and committing. Here's the thing I would tell those people: He's not afraid to try.''
Paulus did not redshirt and will complete his degree at Duke in four years, he can go to graduate school elsewhere and compete immediately if granted a special waiver from the NCAA.
AP Sports Writer Joedy McCreary in North Carolina contributed to this report.