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Up Close: Mike Paulus, Part I

Up Close: Mike Paulus, Part I

SYRACUSE, N.Y. --- Mike Paulus feels the pressure, and he welcomes it. He could have accumulated early bench time at schools such as Michigan, Notre Dame and Southern Cal while seasoning his potential. And that might have been easier. But Paulus, a 6-5 prototype passer at Christian Brothers Academy, wants nothing to do with easy.

And signing on to help resurrect North Carolina's underachieving football program is a challenge he's accepted, and been preparing for since making his decision to become a Tar Heel a year ago. "At North Carolina the job is open, and I have to be ready," said Paulus in an interview at his school this week. "It's not like I can sit, wait and redshirt, because there's no one there right now...

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