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Miami's Graham to try football

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First, Greg Paulus. Now, Jimmy Graham. Who's next, Cheick Diakite?

Graham will try in follow in the footsteps of Jeremy Shockey and Kellen Winslow. The Miami basketball player will play tight end this fall for the Hurricanes.

Like Greg Paulus, Graham has a year of eligibility remaining in football after playing basketball for the previous four years. Unlike Paulus, Graham will stay at his current school.

A 6-8 and 255 pounds, Graham has the size to do some damage on the gridiron. The Goldsboro native has less experience than Paulus, a high school All-American in football, though. Graham only played one year of high school football.

Graham averaged 4.0 points and 5.9 rebounds per game as a senior. He started nine games.


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Not the same.

Unlike the Paulus fiasco, there is precedent for what Graham is trying to do. With his frame, he could get a shot at the NFL, assuming he can learn to block and catch effectively and reasonably quickly.

QB is a whole different matter. I have serious doubts about Paulus' learning curve being away from the game for so long. We'll find out if he is allowed to play for Syracuse. If he can't play there, then it is time to move on to a new career.

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Joe Giglio covers the ACC for the News & Observer, where he has worked since 1997.