Penn State is preparing for a virtual unknown as former Duke basketball standout Greg Paulus will lead Syracuse into Beaver Stadium Saturday.

Passing Paulus

Aside from this past Saturday's home loss to Minnesota, Syracuse quarterback Greg Paulus had not played organized football since 2004. However, the former Christian Brothers Academy All-American gridder was an outstanding passer, earning a Scout 4-star rating, before opting for a college basketball career at Duke.

In fact, Paulus ended his senior season of high school with a New York state-record 3,677 passing yards and also set state marks with 152 career touchdown passes and 11,760 career passing yards.

Playing Paulus

So how are the Nittany Lions preparing for the rookie helmsman?

"There are three guys playing Scout team quarterback for the first team defense," one observer explained. "[Freshmen] Steven Hill, Shane McGregor and Garrett Venuto."

McGregor, a redshirt freshman, is described as the sharpest passer of the three and has seen the bulk of early reps in the role as Paulus. McGregor is almost identical in size to Paulus, both of whom are 6-foot-1 and approximately 195 pounds.

Prepping for Paulus

"The coaches have been preaching ferocious play for the guys up front. [Paulus] is a first-year guy, but there's been a lot of talk in film sessions that you can't treat him like that. They have to expect a battle-test guy who has played under adversity," one observer said.

The defensive staff is not adding a lot this week to the front-four scheme. "The coaches feel that the rotation showed they can get penetration, so they have been working a few blitz packages," one observer explained. "But I don't think we'll see a big difference from [the Akron game] unless they just can't get into the pocket." is the exclusive home of the BEST content and community covering Penn State football.


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