Thursday, April 16, 2009
File this one under the category of "Well can you believe that!" Especially for local Durham readers and Duke basketball fans. Greg Paulus is going to get a chance to win the starting quarterback job at Michigan. That's right, you read that correctly, 6 foot 1 inch, 180 lb Greg Paulus.
Paulus started for three years at the point guard for Duke basketball, and handled his transition to a bench player his senior year with grace and dignity. Paulus has one year of eligibility remaining in another sport. And since he is a smart kid and will complete his degree in four years, he can go to graduate school elsewhere and play immediately.
Reportedly he is not guaranteed the starting job at Michigan. Coach Rich Rodriguez (who is hardly a man who can be taken at his word) says Paulus will be competing with two freshman and junior Nick Sheridan, who started four games last year, but broke his leg in the spring.
What Paulus didn't think he could beat out Thad Lewis for the Duke quarterback job? Granted Duke did have a better record than Michigan football last year!
Paulus was the Gatorade National Player of the Year as a senior at Christian Brothers Academy in Syracuse, N.Y. He passed for 11,763 yards and 153 touchdowns in his high school career.
Read more here at ESPN.com.