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William & Mary's Paulus returns to North Carolina

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - William & Mary quarterback Michael Paulus will have added motivation this Saturday when the Tribe visits FBS opponent North Carolina.

Paulus transferred to William & Mary last December following a disappointing stint as a Tar Heel.

After arriving at North Carolina as a highly touted recruit, Paulus languished on the bench behind starter T.J. Yates.

In a 2008 contest against Virginia Tech, Yates was injured and Paulus entered the game holding a 10-3 lead. The Tar Heels eventually lost the game 20-17 and Paulus lost the starting job to Cam Sexton the following week.

"When (Yates) got injured a couple of years ago we were faced with having to try and make a decision and Cam Sexton came in and played really well," said North Carolina head coach Butch Davis earlier this week. "Cam was a bit older and a little bit more mature and he had been a starting quarterback before so he had a little bit more of an experience advantage over (Paulus)."

Paulus never started another game for the Tar Heels.

This season, though, Paulus has thrived. When starter Mike Callahan went down against Maine on Sept. 25, Paulus led the Tribe to a 24-21 victory. He held onto the job and has compiled a 3-0 record since assuming the starting role.

"(Paulus) is a good kid and he's a good quarterback and he has played extremely well for them," said Davis.

William & Mary currently sit a No. 3 in The Sports Network/Fathead.com FCS Top 25 poll.

The Tribe and the Tar Heels will meet this Saturday at 3:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast on ESPN3.com.

10/29 16:35:31 ET