Friday, August 3, 2007
Troubled quarterback Perrilloux reinstated by Tigers
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Ryan Perrilloux, the sophomore
quarterback who was once a prized recruit but who's made most of
his headlines by getting in trouble with the law, was due to report
for practice at LSU Friday after head coach Les Miles reinstated him.
During an informal news conference with reporters at 3 p.m.
Friday, two hours after players were due at the West Campus
Apartments, Miles had no answer to a question about how LSU players
received Perrilloux as a player in good standing again.
"We've not yet reported," Miles said five hours before a team
meeting he said would mark that milestone. "It's hard for me to
represent welcoming him back. It's tough for me to say."
Miles said Perrilloux would be "no longer serving a suspension
as of 8 o'clock" Friday night, when Miles planned to hold his
first team meeting of preseason camp.
"We expect him in camp," Miles said. "We expect him to
perform and understand the premise with which he reports. I think
he'll be fine."
The only conversation Miles said he had Friday with Perrilloux
was about the reserve quarterback's "approach [to] make sure he's
doing the right things. That's all."
Perrilloux was considered the top high school quarterback
prospect in the country when then-LSU coach Nick Saban persuaded
him to join the Tigers. The 6-foot-2, 220-pounder signal caller
took a redshirt year in 2005 and played sparingly as a third-string
quarterback in 2006, appearing for mop-up duty in five games and
completing only one pass in four attempts for 10 yards.
Meanwhile, Perrilloux has been listed by federal authorities as
a person of interest in a counterfeiting probe and was arrested
for trying to illegally enter a riverboat casino using his older brother's ID.
Perrilloux attended classes at LSU over the summer and performed
community service in an effort to get back in good standing.
Miles said there were steps Perrilloux still had to take to
return to full participation and have his suspension lifted, but
would not elaborate.
"With the privilege of being on our team comes
responsibility," Miles said. "It's been pointed out, and I think
he's ready to comply."
Perrilloux's reinstatement provides Miles with more flexibility
to redshirt Jarrett Lee, a quarterback recruit out of Texas.
Senior Matt Flynn is expected to start this season. Flynn led
LSU to a lopsided Peach Bowl victory over Miami following the 2005
season, but returned to a backup role in 2006 with JaMarcus Russell
coming back healthy.
Also competing for the second quarterback job is walk-on Jimmy
Welker, a 6-3, 229-pound senior.