Minnesota expected to see Paulus in opener

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

Syracuse's decision to tab a former Duke basketball player who hasn't played football in four years as its opening-game starter might surprise some, but not Minnesota head coach Tim Brewster.

The Golden Gophers open the season Sept. 5 against Syracuse and will face Greg Paulus, the former high school quarterback who returns to the gridiron after four years on the court. Though Paulus had to beat out several players for the job, including spring starter Ryan Nassib, Minnesota thought it would see the former Duke point guard in the Carrier Dome.

Brewster told me in a text message today that Minnesota fully expected Paulus to start. He added that Paulus was a great high school player who must be performing well in camp thus far.