When they brought in Paulus and the media blew it up I was really rooting for Nassib since he had already been named the starter. I figured Paulus was brought in basically to help sell tickets and to get a big name in for Marrone to market (just bought my season tickets today, prices were jacked up yet again). I wanted the redshirt freshman in Nassib to start and learn since he would have 4 years with the program rather than the Paulus circus to waste a year of development. If he comes in and helps us win 4 games, big deal. If Nassib starts this year and we only win another 2 games but it helps him to win 8 games when he's a senior, then I'm happy. I didn't think Paulus would be able to jump back in so quickly and succeed.

At least that was my thinking.

If Paulus was able to win the job after a week of practice, I can't help but jump on board. Hopefully Marrone really sees something in the kid and he's shown he still has what it takes to win under center.

Here's to a hopefully successful (5 wins) Syracuse season!

Paulus named Orange's starting QB
Comment Email Print Share
By Brian Bennett

Syracuse is going all in on the Greg Paulus experiment.

Orange head coach Doug Marrone officially named the former Duke basketball player as his starting quarterback on Monday night, even though Paulus has not played football in four years and has never played a collegiate snap.

Big East blog

Bennett ESPN.com's Brian Bennett writes about all things Big East in his conference blog.

Paulus, a high school football star who played point guard for the Blue Devils for four years, transferred to Syracuse as a graduate student this spring. Despite having just a week of official practice under his belt, Paulus beat out sophomore Ryan Nassib -- who was named the No. 1 quarterback in the spring -- and senior Cam Dantley, who was last year's starter. His first college football game will be Sept. 5 against Minnesota in the Carrier Dome.

The news that Paulus had won the job was sent out in an official news release late Monday night. Earlier this month, Marrone talked glowingly about how Paulus could handle such an unprecedented transition.

"He has instincts that are hard to teach," Marrone said. "He knows how to look people off, how to take control of the game and how to change plays.

"If you had ever met Greg Paulus, you'd understand and I wouldn't get a lot of the questions that I get," Marrone said. "If something can be accomplished, he can do it."

Brian Bennett covers the Big East for ESPN.com.