William & Mary QB Paulus to replace ill Graham
Williamsburg, VA - Some of Mike Paulus' best games last year were in relief of another William & Mary quarterback.
The former high school sensation will get another opportunity Saturday evening at Delaware. William & Mary coach Jimmye Laycock announced Wednesday that starting quarterback Michael Graham will miss the game with an undisclosed illness.
Paulus, a fifth-year senior in his second year at William & Mary after transferring in from North Carolina, started the first three games this season, but was ineffective in his comeback from offseason shoulder surgery. He was replaced in the last 2 1/2 games by Graham, a redshirt sophomore who was a recruited walk-on.
This season, Paulus, is 18-for-48 for 183 yards and one touchdown, with an interception. Junior Brent Caprio, who will be the backup against Delaware, is 5-for-12 for 44 yards and two interceptions.
Laycock is hopeful Graham will return to action in the near future.
The Tribe will be especially short-handed for the important CAA Football game as redshirt junior linebacker and defensive leader Dante Cook is sidelined with a knee injury and redshirt sophomore defensive end Bryan Stinnie is out with a high ankle sprain.
Ninth-ranked William & Mary and 13th-ranked Delaware are both 3-2 overall and 1-1 in the CAA. The Tribe have won the last three meetings.
10/05 15:59:27 ET