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Paulus Debuts for Orange

By September 6, 2009

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Ex-Dookie guard Greg Paulus made his debut as the new starting quarterback for the Syracuse Orange on Saturday. Unfortunately for 'Cuse, the hometown hero's first game was a heartbreaker; an ill-advised pass in overtime was picked off by Minnesota, and the Gophers drove for the winning field goal on the ensuing possession.

Paulus was a superstar quarterback in high school -- winning Gatorade Player of the Year honors in 2004, despite the fact that he'd already committed to play hoops for Mike Krzyzewsi. Because he finished his degree in four years without taking a redshirt season, he was left with the option of attending grad school and giving football a shot. After a brief flirtation with Michigan -- and a tryout with the Green Bay Packers -- Paulus landed with the Orange, and won the starting job this summer.

He joins an illustrious list of college basketball players who have excelled in basketball and football, including Charlie Ward -- who won the Heisman Trophy as college football's best player, then went on to a long NBA career -- and current NFL players Donovan McNabb, Antonio Gates, Ronald Curry, Julius Peppers and Tony Gonzalez.

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