Greg Paulus Can Only Help Michigan Football

Kevin O'ConnellCorrespondent IApril 15, 2009

Greg Paulus came out of high school as one of the most decorated prep quarterbacks in New York state high school football history. The 2004 Gatorade National Football Player of the Year set New York state records with 152 career passing touchdowns and 11,760 passing yards.

Unfortunately for Paulus, who was also a star basketball player at Christian Brothers Academy, he chose to play the wrong sport in college. A 2005-06 Freshman Second Team All-American at Duke, Paulus initially seemed to have made the right decision by suiting up for Coach K and the Blue Devils.

However, after being benched in favor of sophomore point guard Nolan Smith, Paulus is now considering heading back to the gridiron to start a new career. He already has NFL teams giving him a good look.

Enter Rich Rodriguez and the University of Michigan.

It's no secret that Michigan struggled at the quarterback position last year. In fact, "struggled" is surely an understatement. Michigan was dead last in the Big Ten in passing yards, averaging a paltry 143 yards per game with a horrendous completion percentage of 48.8 percent.

Even with freshman Tate Forcier playing well during spring practice, can it really hurt the Wolverines to add Paulus to their roster as a quarterback? The answer is no.

Michigan handed out only 22 scholarships this past recruiting season, meaning they have three more to hand out, so that is not a problem for the Maize and Blue. Michigan's problem is quarterback depth. With Steven Threet deciding to transfer, Michigan was left with only Forcier, Nick Sheridan, and David Cone, with Denard Robinson coming in soon.

Sheridan struggled mightily last year and has already broken his leg during spring practice. Cone couldn't find his way off the bench last year, so that gives you an idea of how good he is, and the two freshmen are small and unproven. The bottom line is that you never know when players will get hurt or fail to live up to their potential.

Paulus may be small and unproven as a football player as well, but adding someone with his athleticism (4.6 40 in high school) and smarts (two-time Academic All-American at Duke) will create more competition, and competition can only make Michigan better at this point.

Who knows? If Paulus does sign with Michigan, maybe we'll end up talking about him as a guy who helped turned Michigan around. You never know.

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