The season-opener for Paulus, who enters the season with 110 career touchdown passes, is Sept. 3 against Corcoran.
Paulus said he will go into this season as healthy as any year since his freshman season, which is somewhat surprising with the amount of basketball he played during the past few months.
``This past summer was probably the most enjoyable summer I had, because I wasn't really fighting for a scholarship or anything like that," Paulus said. "There wasn't much pressure on me to perform, so I was able to relax and have more fun than in the past."
``I thought I played well," he added. "I was happy with my overall performance, but towards the end of the summer, I got tired and worn down. That's no excuse, though."
Paulus said that the highlight of his summer was his trip to France (his first overseas) with a team of Americans that competed against other countries. One of the reasons he had such a good time was a bond he formed with another player – Duke target Jon Brockman.
``He made it a lot more enjoyable," Paulus said of the Seattle native. "We did a lot of things together and we still talk."
Paulus tried to keep up with the on-goings surrounding the Blue Devils program, but it's not always easy. In fact, he didn't see the commitment by Jamal Boykin until nearly a week after it happened.
``I think everyone knew except for me," Paulus said.
Paulus will have tunnel vision for the next few months on football and trying to secure Christian Brothers' first-ever state title, but he'll also try and see what he can do to help Duke land the rugged 6-foot-7 240 lbs Brockman.
``I think he's one of the top players in the country," Paulus said. "If we get him, it's not only good for Duke – but also great for our incoming class. That would give us a lot of guys who know how to play and know how to win."
Paulus went on to say that if he had to pick players from around the country to start an all-star team of sorts, it would begin with 6-2 shooting guard Louis Williams and would also feature Josh McRoberts. Brandon Rush, the ultra-athletic Kansas City native who plays at Mt. Zion (N.C.), would also be on the team. Paulus said he doesn't know who his center or point guard would be.