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Williams quits; Marrone defends Paulus

Updated: November 3, 2009, 6:00 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Syracuse coach Doug Marrone said goodbye to his star receiver and defended his starting quarterback Monday.

Mike Williams, the Big East's leading receiver, quit the team. He had 49 catches for 746 yards and six touchdowns.

Williams was Syracuse's most talented player. He has all the physical traits coaches covet in a receiver -- size (6-foot-2 and 210 pounds), speed, amazing leaping ability, sure hands.

Two years ago, he established a Syracuse record ...

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