Posted On: 02/27/18 3:30 AM

He didn't get a ton of time at his primary position last year. That will happen when you are behind one of the best players in the state at the position. Although Marshall's Bryce Paulsen had a role on the defensive side of the ball during Marshall's repeat trip back to State, he expects to be the starting quarterback for the Tigers in 2018.

From the outside world, the Tigers went into 2017 without high expectations. Those low expectations were not shared by the team.

"A lot of people thought we would have down year after graduating a bunch of seniors," Paulsen said, "but we came in hungry to prove those people wrong. We had great leaders that motivated us to put in the time in the summer and have a great season."

In 2017 the offense fed off the defense.

"It started with our defense," Paulsen said. "That led into big plays for our offense. (Quarterback) Trey Lance and (running back) Jefferson Lee got going; they opened up a lot of opportunities for other people."

As a backup quarterback Paulsen didn't see much time on offense, but he played significant roles on special teams and eventually on the defensive

Minnesota All Access Pass