I’ve learned a lot over the years playing college football. Special teams will win or lose you at least two games a year, kickers are nonathletes, and chemistry is key at the quarterback position.
I, for one, expected Greg Paulus to be more of a distraction for Syracuse than a player who gives them an opportunity to win.
As the first snap with Paulus in the shotgun sailed over his head for a turnover, my theory was supported. And clever remarks filled my brain, “ohhhh TASTE IT CENTRAL NEW YORK!”
But Paulus, to my surprise, showed tremendous poise. His second series was more successful. There he was, double-pumping and looking off defenders like a seasoned quarterback — or at the least, a man who’d taken more snaps than free throws over the past four years.