Greg Paulus headed to Syracuse

May, 14, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Former Duke point guard Greg Paulus didn't surprise anybody Thursday morning when he announced he would be heading to Syracuse for an additional season of football eligibililty.

Paulus weighed offers from Syracuse and Nebraska and earlier visited Michigan before deciding on the Orange.

In the end, the opportunity to challenge for a starting position near his home in Syracuse proved to be a stronger lure than a likely backup position with the Cornhuskers behind Zac Lee.

At Syracuse with new coach Doug Marrone, Paulus will be competing with redshirt freshman Ryan Nassib, who was named the starting quarterback in spring practice. The backup quarterback is senior Cameron Dantley after former starting quarterback Andrew Robinson was moved to tight end earlier in spring.

Paulus said he strongly considered the Cornhuskers, and he met with coach Bo Pelini and offensive coordinator Shawn Watson last weekend.

"I had a great visit there," Paulus said. "Nebraska is a place where there is so much tradition and there are some great people there. I had a great visit with Coach Pelini and Coach Watson. But my heart and my gut told me that Syracuse is the best place for me."

Paulus' arrival would have provided depth for the Cornhuskers and a better chance to redshirt heralded freshman Cody Green.

But the Cornhuskers look set at quarterback heading into the season with Lee, Green, Kody Spano and converted linebacker Latravis Washington.

And look for a potential challenge later this summer at the position from Taylor Martinez who played quarterback at his high school in Corona, Calif., but had been targeted by Pelini to play defensive back.

Paulus would have added some depth to the quarterback mix, but his decision wasn't a great loss for the Cornhuskers.

If he had showed up in Lincoln, it would have been a bonus. But it wasn't anything that Nebraska coaches ever really expected.

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