Paulus is a former high school quarterback standout who eventually chose basketball and the opportunity to play for Duke and coach Mike Krzyzewski over the chance to play college football. From Rittenberg's blog:
Paulus was a former Gatorade high school football player of the year at Christian Brothers Academy, where he was a four-time all-state player, set six state passing records and was a starter in the U.S. Army All-American game. Christian Brothers was 42-3 during Paulus' time there, and he had 11,763 career passing yards and 152 touchdown passes in 45 games.
Coach Rich Rodriguez says that Paulus would have a fair shot at competing for the starting spot. Which, Paulus says is a major factor in his decision.
Paulus' competition would be freshman quarterbacks Tate Forcier and Denard Robinson, along with junior Nick Sheridan who is coming off a broken leg.
I would say that right now Forcier has the upper hand, as he has been said to be performing well during spring ball. Sheridan does have the experience having started four games in 2008. But, Sheridan is coming off a broken leg, and really was a square peg trying to be fit in spread offenses round holes.
If Paulus can show he still has the talent, after a four year layoff from football, I would say he has as good of chance as anyone on the Michigan roster to be the starting quarterback in 2009.
For those of you wondering Paulus would be able to transfer to Michigan and play right away without sitting out a year. Since he played four years of basketball at Duke, without a redshirt season, and is earning his degree....he has one year of eligibility in another sport.
Paulus is still considering the transfer to Michigan. He has also garnered attention from Syracuse. Additionally, the possibility of working out for more NFL teams (seriously).
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