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Tribe's Mike Paulus finally gets shot to be the starting QB

Mike Paulus' right arm has been his ticket throughout his career. It earned him Gatorade Player of the Year honors in New York state. It got him scholarships to UNC, where he began his college career, and William and Mary, where he transferred in 2010. It has NFL scouts stopping by the Williamsburg campus this summer. Now, it's landed him at the top of a competitive depth chart as the Tribe opens its season Saturday at Virginia.

Mike Paulus' Tar Heel Sympathy

William and Mary quarterback Mike Paulus has been an interested observer in the drama surrounding the UNC football program. Paulus spent three seasons in Chapel Hill before transferring to W&M in the spring of 2010. He was as surprised as anyone at the timing of head coach Butch Davis' firing -- just days before the start of practice. He wrote Davis a letter shortly after his dismissal.

Batten: Breaking down Carolina’s QBs

UNC has recruited its share of blue-chip quarterbacks through the years in guys like Mark Maye, Mike Thomas, Luke Huard, Chuckie Burnette, and more recently Mike Paulus. But for some reason, UNC quarterbacks haven’t been attractive commodities to NFL scouts, until T.J. Yates. In an effort to figure out why, I went to Rivals.com national recruiting analyst Mike Farrell.

Class of 2007 rewind

Four years later, how did the members of the ESPNU 150 Class of 2007 fare? ESPN Recruiting took an extensive look back at each of the players and where they are now. One thing that stood out to me about this class was the quarterbacks. Clemson's Willy Korn, UNC's Mike Paulus and Miami's Robert Marve all transferred. This is also a class that was filled with talent for UNC, some of which never saw the field this year because of the NCAA investigation.

Mike Paulus proves his worth in Chapel Hill

When Mike Paulus entered the game early in the first half, he knew — perhaps better than anyone else —he was out-manned. He had practiced against the Tar Heel defense every day for two years. He knew the Tribe’s wide receivers could not beat the North Carolina secondary for more than 10-15 yards a pop. He knew the College’s offensive line would not hold up versus the Tar Heel defensive line. But he competed.

Back and forth in the ACC: Weeks 9/10

Welcome, November, when seasons are made and broken. Here’s a look back at Week 9 and a look ahead at this week: The ugly - North Carolina’s win over William & Mary. The Tribe controlled most of the game, and the Tar Heels trailed 17-7 after three quarters to former backup quarterback Mike Paulus. UNC lost the turnover battle 2-1, but converted on two key fourth downs.

Johnny White’s TD run pushes Heels past Tribe

If it wasn’t for Johnny White, North Carolina wouldn’t have enjoyed its homecoming as much as Mike Paulus enjoyed his. While the former UNC quarterback nearly led William & Mary to a big upset, White came through with fourth-quarter heroics to lead Carolina to a 21-17 win against the Tribe. “Johnny White showed up big time,” UNC coach Butch Davis said.

Ex-Heels QB Paulus returns to Kenan

In a word, Saturday's game between North Carolina and William & Mary will be "weird," according to T.J. Yates. The Tar Heels' senior quarterback used that adjective to describe the return of former UNC quarterback Mike Paulus to Kenan Stadium in what seemingly is an otherwise nondescript non-conference game between a Bowl Subdivision team and a Championship Subdivision team.

Heels will take on QB Paulus, Tribe

Kendric Burney will return for North Carolina today, and a former Tar Heel also will be back in Chapel Hill, helping the opponent. Burney, a senior cornerback, will play for the first time all season when UNC meets William & Mary at 3:30 at Kenan Stadium. Mike Paulus, a former UNC quarterback, is now at William & Mary after transferring.

Tribe's Shoop, Paulus aren't strangers to UNC

UNC and William & Mary sure have a pretty good feel for each other, which is pretty surprising considering they're from opposite subdivisions and have played only once in nearly two decades. The Tar Heels' offensive coordinator is the younger brother of the Tribe's defensive coordinator. William & Mary quarterback Mike Paulus was once the prize of UNC's recruiting class and spent three seasons here as a backup.

Mike Paulus: 'There's no bad blood'

When quarterback Mike Paulus decided to transfer from UNC to William & Mary in December it was for an opportunity for the one-time high school standout to begin his collegiate career over. And one of the first things to change was his name. Instead of Mike, Paulus prefers to be called Michael now. Paulus returns to Kenan Stadium with the Tribe on Saturday.

Former Tar Heel part of Tribe's two-headed QB

UNC could see a familiar face behind center for William & Mary when the Tar Heels welcome the Tribe on Saturday for a late out-of-conference game. Former UNC backup Michael Paulus is one of the Tribe's two quarterbacks. Paulus transferred this year and has started three games for William & Mary (6-1). He lost the starting job last week when Mike Callahan returned from a separated shoulder.

UNC taking Tribe seriously (as it should)

There’s no shortage of familiarity between UNC and William & Mary. UNC offensive coordinator John Shoop will face his brother, Tribe defensive coordinator Bob Shoop, and UNC coach Butch Davis will face one of his former quarterbacks, Mike Paulus. It’s the first time the Shoop brothers have coached against each other during their professional careers, and it’s the first time Davis has coached against one of his former players.

Unlikely that Paulus gets to show UNC what they're missing

One-time "ringleader" and heralded North Carolina quarterback to Division I-AA back-up. Such is the life of Mike Paulus. William & Mary coach Jimmye Laycock named fifth-year senior Mike Callahan as starter for Saturday's opener against UMass. Paulus transferred to the Tribe looking to play immediately after his career in Chapel Hill never got off the ground. At this rate, it might at all.

Mike Paulus ready for change in scenery

Lost in the coaching transition after John Bunting, who recruited Mike Paulus in 2006, the one-time prep star never made inroads on the depth chart with Butch Davis at UNC and his career at Chapel Hill consisted of 13 pass attempts, one forgettable start (at Miami) and two memorable interceptions (against Virginia Tech in 2008). Paulus will start over with the Tribe on the Football Championship Subdivision level.

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