Paulsen signs with Stetson



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Wed. February 29, 2012 | Joey Knight | Email

Jesuit senior Aaron Paulsen, who began the 2011 season as the Tigers' starting quarterback before a knee injury ended his season, said Wednesday he has signed with Stetson.

Paulsen (5-foot-10, 160 pounds) will join a program dormant since 1956. The school announced last year it was reviving the sport, with the Hatters' first game set for the fall of 2013. Stetson will compete in the Division I-AA Pioneer Football League.

Paulsen said he was recruited as an athlete, which stands to reason. A slot receiver as a junior, he had 23 catches for 306 yards for the Tigers. Then, his world was transformed.

In the 2011 preseason, Tigers coach James Harrell moved Paulsen to quarterback ahead of rangy classmate Tommy Eveld, saying his athleticism (4.8 seconds in the 40) was better suited for a power-run offense that sets up the pass.

He started Jesuit's first two games at quarterback, sharing snaps with Eveld and logging time at receiver, before sustaining a torn right ACL in a mid-September victory at Robinson.

He finished his prep career with 30 receptions for 366 yards and two TDs.

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