It’s official—Greg Paulus will try to make his return to football at The Loud House (the Carrier Dome of Syracuse, for those of you who don’t know).
Paulus ended a month of speculation by informing Syracuse head coach Doug Marrone on Thursday that he wants to play football for the woebegone Orange this fall.
He was a Gatorade Athlete of the Year in 2005, and a four-time all-state selection in football at Christian Brothers Academy in Syracuse, so there’s no denying that Paulus is one of the best.
It was even speculated that he would be drafted by the Packers, which was a big risk in the first place. Paulus hadn’t played football in four years (instead playing basketball with Duke). Drafting him could have had serious consequences (the Drew Henson scenario, for instance).
Paulus will still need to apply for a waiver to get another year of eligibility (he used three of his four at Duke), but Paulus has said that they will deal with that in the next few days. In my opinion, it shouldn’t be a problem.
I think Paulus could help the Syracuse program quite a bit. However, the coaches have a lot of work to do.
They need to bolster their offensive line. The Orange offense averaged under 122 passing yards and only amassed 22 touchdowns. No doubt, Paulus will be a big help to that, but any good quarterback needs time in the pocket to work his magic. Overall, he should be able to bolster the abysmal Orange (even though Marrone has not guaranteed that Paulus will start), but with not much else to work with, it’s an uphill battle. It will be great watching him try to bring back the once-proud Syracuse football program.
However, he’s only got a year to do it.