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Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Marve still looking, but would Paulus be better fit for Nebraska?

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

The Robert Marve Traveling Circus apparently made its way through Nebraska over the weekend as the wayward Miami quarterback considers the options for his next landing place.

Marve is said to be considering Nebraska, along with Texas Tech, among a group of five finalists.

And that could be the rub. The Cornhuskers might have a better immediate option with a transfer who could come in and help the program for the upcoming season.

The Omaha World-Herald and Lincoln Journal-Star both confirmed earlier this week that Nebraska offensive coordinator Sean Watson has reached out to Duke point guard Greg Paulus, a former Gatorade National High School Player of the Year, about joining the Nebraska program.

Paulus played college basketball for four seasons with the Blue Devils but has talked about playing football again. He has flirted with heading directly for the NFL, but likely would need another season of seasoning in college football to convince NFL scouts he is a marketable prospect.

His high school skills caught the Cornhuskers' attention after high school. Paulus threw for 11,763 yards and went 42-3 during his career at Christian Brothers Academy near Syracuse, N.Y. His father even sent Cornhusker coaches tapes of his son in action when he was in high school.

And since he didn't redshirt for the Duke basketball team, Paulus would have one season of eligibility remaining in another sport. And because he's scheduled to finish his degree in four years, he could transfer to any graduate school and compete immediately, if he was granted a waiver by the NCAA.

Paulus met with Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez and was at Syracuse on Tuesday meeting with the Orange's coaching staff.

But Nebraska might represent an ideal place for him to end up.

The Cornhuskers have many pieces of a strong offensive team that should be able to compete for the Big 12 North title. And with the recent knee injury to Kody Spano and the still uncertain situations of incoming freshman Cody Green and converted linebacker Latravis Washington, Paulus would increase the Cornhuskers' depth even if he couldn't unseat projected starter Zac Lee.

Nebraska coach Bo Pelini said Tuesday he is comfortable with his current quarterback situation and doubted that the Cornhuskers would add another player at the position.

"For this fall, I don't think so," Pelini said. "You are always looking to upgrade players, but it has to be the right guy. I have confidence in what those guys bring. And we're fortunate we have a great guy (Watson) coaching them. We'll be well-equipped at quarterback and we'll get them coached up and be competitive."

Paulus, however, would be attractive to bridge the gap. I've got to believe he could help the Cornhuskers and have a lot of fun competing at one of the nation's most tradition-steeped powers.

If Paulus arrived, he would increase competition at the position. More importantly, he would allow the Cornhuskers to preserve a season for Green by allowing him to redshirt in 2009. Spano would not have to be rushed back into the lineup this season and Washington would not have to be counted as the team's immediate backup quarterback.

Marve wouldn't be as attractive for Pelini because of his baggage at Miami, where he was suspended twice last season by coach Randy Shannon.

And since Marve wouldn't be eligible until 2010, he would cut into the development time of Green, who is regarded as the Cornhuskers' quarterback of the future after a record-breaking high school career in Dayton, Texas.

It would be interesting to see if either Marve or Paulus would seriously consider the Cornhuskers.

Out-of the-box thinking? Maybe.

But still worthy of consideration as Pelini tries to restore the Cornhuskers to one of national elite programs.