Something Old and Something New In Orange

By Brendan O'Reilly

July 22, 2010 Updated Aug 19, 2009 at 11:10 PM EDT

In their four years with the Syracuse football team, Union-Endicott grad Arthur Jones and Harpursville's Jared Kimmel have won a grand total of 10 games.
Both begin their fifth and final seasons under new head coach Doug Marrone with big plans for a turnaround.
Kimmel continues working back from a knee injury suffered in the spring.
He says it was drained last week and now feels great.
Meanwhile, Jones had a monster junior season, earning First-team All-Big East honors while posting 60 tackles including 13 behind the line of scrimmage.
The 6-foot-4, 280-pound Jones has earned plenty of preseason hype and even flirted with idea of leaving school after last year for the NFL Draft.
"I was pretty serious, but I felt comfortable with the new coach when he came in and we have the same vision. We're on the same path. We both want the same things for this university to do well this year. The NFL isn't going anywhere. It'll be there after this season and I'm excited."
"We're hoping to go out there and get to a bowl game. It's a big goal for the whole team. Everybody wants to start winning games. We're sick of losing."
Kimmel finished last season with 31 tackles including a sack while making 10 starts.
It's a story so outrageous you can hardly believe it, but it's true.
After four seasons of playing basketball at Duke, Greg Paulus is now playing football at SU and he's the starting quarterback.
The former high school all-american in the Syracuse area hasn't played since his high school days but beat out Ryan Nassib for the starting job.
Head coach Doug Marrone says Paulus gives the Orange the best chance to win right now.
Paulus says he thinks he can make the unlikely transition, but admits he still has lots to work on.
"I'm really excited about that process. Not playing the sport for a few years, it's not as consistent as I'd like with throws, reads. I'm still learning different progressions and where we like to throw the ball and how we like to do it, but I like the fact that our offense is getting better each day."
Paulus and the Orange will have their first chance to show how far they've come September 5th at the Dome against Minnesota.

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