Former Duke point guard Greg Paulus wants to play some football–good for him.
The only problem is he wants to play for a team that is actually going to win more than 3-4 games (no offense Syracuse).
That led the point guard to Lincoln on Thursday to sit down the coaches to discuss being a Husker. As of right now, no official word on Paulus is out, but it would be hard to believe he would sign with NU.
First, the Huskers already have a quarterback that’s been in the Shawn Watson system long enough to be effective in Zac Lee. Lee impressed fans at the Nebraska Spring Game and continue to impress them once the 2009 season rolls around.
Secondly, it doesn’t matter if Paulus was Joe Montana in high school; his skill set isn’t going to come back just because he clicked his ruby-red heels together. Sure, he’ll throw a pretty good ball, and he might have good mobility after running up and down basketball courts, but he won’t be ready for a conference like the Big 12 this quickly.
Need I remind you that the Big 12 Conference was stacked last season?
Oklahoma, Texas and Texas Tech all had a legit shot to be in the national championship, and OU backed into it and got laughed at. Texas should have gone.
Even the teams lower on the totem pole made a good showing nationally throughout the season. Robert Griffin III made Baylor last year. Chase Daniel led Missouri to a Big 12 Championship game and a solid season, but then didn’t care about playing in his last game as a Tiger and nearly lost to Northwestern.
Either way, Paulus won’t be able to compete at this high of a level. Don’t get me wrong, the high school stats our out of this world on the kid, but there’s no way somebody can go from playing four-straight years of college basketball at the highest level and then compete the very next year in a conference as prestigious and as challenging as the Big 12.
In the end, Paulus will most likely have an orange helmet on his noggin this fall, and he will most likely be forgot about once the team starts losing, which even he wouldn’t be able to stop.
There’s always the old addage, a team is only as good as its worst player. If that’s the case, Paulus will need all the luck he can get if he goes back home to play for the Orange.
Fans in Lincoln won’t be too depressed if he doesn’t sign. They already have a quarterback that would be leaps and bounds better than Paulus because he knows the system.