Paulus visits Michigan practice, could play at Duke


Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

Former Duke basketball player Greg Paulus is interested in returning to his football roots, and Michigan has emerged as a possible destination.

Paulus visited the Wolverines' final practice of the spring on Tuesday and talked with head coach Rich Rodriguez about the possibility of playing quarterback for the team in 2009, sources told ESPN.com's Christopher Lawlor. The transfer process could be tricky, and it would be hard to see a guy who hasn't taken snaps since high school start at quarterback for a Big Ten team.

Michigan's quarterback situation remains a bit shaky, but true freshman Tate Forcier appeared to develop well this spring, and I can't see why Rodriguez would take such a big risk with Paulus, who was a terrific high school quarterback.

"Im not sure the Michigan offense suits him," Joe Casamento, who coached Paulus in football at Christian Brothers Academy, told ESPN.com's Joe Schad. "We ran a spread, but a spread to pass. He might take some pounding in that offense. I understand Greg is keeping his options open, but I still believe basketball is his passion. When he chose basketball, he told me that one day he'd like to be a basketball coach."

Duke football coach David Cutcliffe has talked with Paulus about playing wide receiver.

I'm heading back to Penn State now, but I'll have more on this story as it develops.