Greg Paulus Wins SU Starting QB Job
SU football head coach Dough Marrone announced that Greg Paulus is starting under center:
SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Former Duke basketballpoint guard Greg Paulus has won the starting quarterback job for the Syracuse football team after only a week of preseason camp.
First-year head coach Doug Marrone made the announcement Monday night with a statement through the sports information office.
Paulus, a former high school All-American in football and basketball at Christian Brothers Academy in Syracuse, returned to his hometown as a graduate student this summer.
I don’t know what impact Greg Paulus will as have quarterback, particularly in the Win-Loss column. All I know is that last year, SU was awful. They beat Norte Dame on the Fighting Irish’s home turf. That’s honestly the only highlight of last season I remember. So, this addition can’t be anything but an upgrade. He beat out Cam Dantley who led SU to a 3-9 (1-6 Big East) record. He was actually one of the few bright spots on the team. It’s unfortunate that he lost the job his senior year, but that’s how it goes sometimes. Red-shirt freshman Ryan Nassib was also in contention for the starting spot, but he needn’t worry, he’ll more than likely be the starter next year.
In my opinion, Paulus can’t hurt. He is a high-profile athlete, albeit in an entirely different sport, that will bring much needed hype and media attention to Orange football. He’s a Syracuse native and was a two-sport monster in high school. He was highly touted for a reason, so I’m excited to see what he, along with a new coach and change in overall attitude, will do for a program that hasn’t seen success in about 5 years.
I’m not to the point where I actually care about SU football a great deal, but I think they’re better than they were last year because of this addition.
That may, or may not, be saying much.