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Syracuse names Greg Paulus starting QB

Syracuse quarterback Greg Paulus talks with reporters during

Syracuse quarterback Greg Paulus talks with reporters during Syracuse University's football media day at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, New York on Monday, Aug. 10, 2009. The former Duke point guard has returned to his hometown of Syracuse where he will play football while attending graduate school at SU (AP Photo/The Post-Standard, Lauren Long) ** MAGS OUT, TV OUT, ARCHIVE OUT ** Photo Credit: AP Photo/Lauren Long

Syracuse has been recognized nationally in recent years because of the success of its basketball team and the struggles of its football team.

Now the Orange and new head coach Doug Marrone will hope some of that basketball success can rub-off on the football team as they have announced that ex-Duke hoopster Greg Paulus will be the team's starting quarterback.

"Doug has done it the right way," said Dr. Daryl Gross, Syracuse's director of athletics. "It has been a great competition at quarterback and Paulus emerged as the No. 1 guy."

A high school football and basketball star at Christian Brothers Academy in upstate New York, Paulus was named Gatorade Male Athlete of the Year. He turned down scholarship offers to play football at the University of Miami and Notre Dame and instead chose to play basketball at Duke, where he played point guard for four seasons, starting 101 games and averaging 8.6 points per game.

Following his basketball career, Paulus looked to revive his football career. He worked out for the Green Bay Packers in April before eventually deciding to transfer to Syracuse as a graduate student on May 14.

From there it didn't take long before Paulus reached the top of the depth chart. After a week of official practice, Paulus beat out sophomore Ryan Nassib and senior Cam Dantley, the team's returning starter, for the job.

Now as the starting quarterback, he will have a chance to help revive Syracuse football.

"I just love the kid," Gross said. "He's just got this command about him. He's a rare guy. He's kind of got that Tiger presence, that attitude and confidence. It's infectious and it seems to flow out when he's moving the team up-and-down the field."

Paulus' first test will come on Sept. 5, when the Orange host Minnesota.

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