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Duke point guard may become a Michigan man

Posted on: April 16, 2009 2:23 pm
Edited on: April 16, 2009 2:57 pm

We interrupt Michigan's rebuilding job to hire a contract worker.

The artist known as Duke point guard Greg Paulus apparently is going to upset the natural order of Michigan's quarterback situation to compete for the starting job in the fall. Paulus made the announcement that he had received a scholarship offer from Michigan during a Thursday conference call. A Michigan spokesman confirmed it.

"Whatever the kids said, wouldn't be a lie,"  the spokesman said.

Michigan is in a weird place. Because Paulus is considered a recruit, the school cannot mention his name. Consider it the same situation as last fall except that Michigan folks dreaded to mention the names of quarterbacks Steven Threet and Nick Sheridan.

What does a former high school star have to offer mighty Michigan? Plenty. At worst, Rich Rodriguez might be bringing in Paulus to be the world's largest cattle prod. (No jokes, please). Rich Rod told me recently, "We try to create the most competitive atmosphere in college football."

If nothing else, then, Paulus could be a third-stringer -- a glorified scout teamer -- who could challenge freshmen Tate Forcier and Denard Robinson. (I'm not including Sheridan. If he starts then Michigan is in more trouble than I thought.)

On the other hand, it's hard to take seriously a kid who last played football five years ago in high school. It's a long way from the senior prom to the Big Ten.

Or is it?

There has to be a certain desperation sinking in for Rich Rod. If he doesn't go to a bowl this season, the pressure is going to increase. Why not take a flyer on a kid who might be a one-year wonder? Either Forcier or Denard could redshirt.

Those two guys have to understand this is a giant statement about their abilities. Duke coach David Cutcliffe won't take Paulus as a quarterback because he has returning starter Thaddeus Lewis. Rich Rod is willing to listen because he has no starting quarterback.

It could be interesting or messy -- or both. Just get me to November. If Paulus is in the mix for the Ohio State game I can imagine Jim Tressel's scouting report: "Watch the quarterback when he puts the ball between his legs. He can't go to his right."


Category: NCAAF

Since: Oct 29, 2007
Posted on: April 19, 2009 9:15 pm

Duke point guard may become a Michigan man

The thing we all have to look at is that this man is a true athelete and can pull this off.  You watch!! 

Since: Feb 16, 2008
Posted on: April 19, 2009 6:17 pm

Duke point guard may become a Michigan man

This whole story is just BS and is just one of those run of the mill offseason stories to keep the spotlight on certain programs. It has already been announced by UM authorities that Paulus was not offered a scholarship and that he will not be offered a scholarship. He came to UM practice to see what was going on and to talk to Rich Rodriguez, but he was never promised anything.

Everything that has been made of this story has just been complete media fabrication, as usual.

Since: Oct 28, 2007
Posted on: April 19, 2009 4:05 am

Duke point guard may become a Michigan man

 who the heck cares.. people act like hes gonna make a huge difference .. he wont even play. and if he does hell get killed.. so drop this crap.. dang

Since: Apr 14, 2009
Posted on: April 18, 2009 1:12 pm

Never underestimate


 While Paulus' career as the DUke point guard is now over, an honest person can say that he at least kept the status quo.  He was easily the most hated white kid in the country.  Like Bobby Hurley, Steve Wojochowski, and JJ Redick before him, Paulus made everyone who isn't a Duke fan loathe him for the same reasons Syarcuse or Michigan football will love him.  He wins and competes all the time, no breaks.  He won't be in the forefront of everyone's hatred in football, if for simply because his race is more acceptable at QB than PG.  He is going to do what every kid dreams of playing in his backyard with his friends.  He has the talent, and anyone who has watched this kid on the football field knows that he probably had a better pro future playing football the basketball.  Let the guy live the dream, sit back and admire him for being what every parent dreams their son to be...better than the best.  Remember he's an Academic All-American as well!

Since: Apr 17, 2009
Posted on: April 17, 2009 7:43 pm

Duke point guard may become a Michigan man

This article is an embarrassment both in style and content. The reason a Michigan spokesperson was able to confirm what the kid said is because Paulus nowhere mentioned that he had been given a scholarship, merely an 'opportunity to compete.'  The inferential jump from opportunity to ZOMG Rich Rod Offered Paulus a Scholarship!!!1 was probably made by a single lazy reporter and then disseminated far and wide because it confirms what lots of people would love to think about the program, namely that it's desperately seeking to right itself from a tail spin.  Adding nauseating turns of phrase and cute but stale ESPN-isms to an unsubstantiated rumor does not make for a decent article.  Better luck next time.




Since: Jan 27, 2009
Posted on: April 17, 2009 1:18 pm

BYU's Max Hall...

To those worried about whether he can step in after five years I believe you could look to BYU's quarterback Max Hall.  He started three years ago and it was about five years since he had taken a snap in a game.  Freshman year at AZ ST, Mormon Mission (2yrs), Scout Team, and a red-shirt year somewhere in there I think.  Max Hall actually did pretty well that year.  At least Mr. Paulus hasn't been just watching action for 5 years.  He's been exercising hard (supposedly) and playing in high pressure environments.  Granted.... Michigan football stadium is a tad larger than Duke's BBall stadium. :) 

Since: Nov 20, 2006
Posted on: April 17, 2009 12:57 pm

Duke point guard may become a Michigan man

 Adding low risk depth at a position that tends to sustain a number of injuries in this offense is NOT desparation.  Rich Rod has said all along that he wants 3-4 QB's that he can win with.

Had Mr. Dodd actually witnessed any of Michigan's spring practice prior to writing about them, he would have seen an accurate passer who delivers the ball on time within the offense.  This will directly translate to significantly more yards after the catch than Michigan had last year because the receiver gets the ball while he is still open.  The spread offense is predicated on getting the ball to playmakers in space.  Forcier is the QB who can get the ball where it needs to be, when it needs to be there.  He also has shown the ability to scramble and extend plays. 

Once Denard arrives in the summer, he will provide a change of pace running threat that will keep defenses on their toes.

There is NO statement about the abilities of either Forcier or Robinson in Rich Rod's "recruitment" of Paulus. 

Since: Dec 3, 2007
Posted on: April 17, 2009 12:32 pm

Duke point guard may become a Michigan man


Furthermore, because Paulus is graduating from Duke, he is going to need an SLR waiver from the NCAA in order to be immediately eligible.  There is still a possibility the NCAA may not grant the waiver.

Since: Dec 3, 2007
Posted on: April 17, 2009 12:29 pm

Duke point guard may become a Michigan man


NCAA Bylaw 14.2 provides that a student athlete has 5 years from the student-athlete's first semester of full-time enrollment to complete 4 years of competition.  The rule is not sport specific, and a student-athlete may compete 4 years in each sport.  Paulus is beginning his 5th year of eligiblity and would have 1 season to compete under his 5-year clock.  He would lose his other three seasons of competition in football by virtue of his 5-year clock running after this year.  Paulus can continue playing college football after trying out with the Green Bay Packers because of Bylaw, which allows a student-athlete to tryout with a professional team for a period of 48 hours without risk of losing their eligiblity.

Since: Oct 10, 2008
Posted on: April 17, 2009 3:14 am

Duke point guard may become a Michigan man

All right, listen I'm a Michigan Fan, but Paulus would be a welcome addition to our putrid QB situation...Whatever

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