Thursday, April 3, 2008
Perrilloux to miss spring game but will rejoin LSU on Sunday
By Chris Low ESPN.com
LSU quarterback Ryan Perrilloux will not be allowed to play in the Tigers' spring game on Saturday, but he's been cleared by coach Les Miles to return to the team in full on Sunday.
Perrilloux is also scheduled to accompany the rest of the team to the White House on Monday when the Tigers' 2007 national championship team will be recognized.
Perrilloux has missed the entire spring after being suspended in February for the third time in a year. Miles said late last month that Perrilloux might be able to return in time for the spring game if he made up all of his workouts and met all of his other requirements, but Perrilloux never rejoined his teammates on the practice field.
"Ryan is improving with his academic responsibilities," Miles said Thursday night after practice. "He is making a lot of progress. To bring him back with only a couple of practices left would be unfair to him and to the guys who have been competing for the position the whole time. He will have full membership starting Sunday.
"He is very close to finishing everything I wanted him to get done. He really is."
Reports surfaced earlier this week that Perrilloux was involved in an incident at a Baton Rouge restaurant. Miles said he checked out those reports.
"I have a great feel for what happened, and it was represented to me honestly," Miles said. "He has served a pretty serious punishment with public scrutiny and not being with the team. I called the restaurant and got information. My words to them were, 'If my guys make a mistake, certainly that is not what we stand for and we will address it.' "
We are not ready to rely upon anybody at the quarterback spot.
-- LSU coach Les Miles
Miles suspended Perrilloux in February, shortly before spring practice began, for unspecified team violations. Perrilloux's former high school coach, who remains close to the quarterback and his family, has said Perrilloux missed a mandatory team meeting, then missed classes to attend his father's funeral without notifying coaches.
It was the third suspension for Perrilloux, who was considered the favorite to succeed Matt Flynn after leading LSU to two victories -- including the Southeastern Conference championship game -- when Flynn, a senior, was injured during the 2007 season.
Andrew Hatch, a transfer from Harvard, and Jarrett Lee, a freshman who was redshirted last season, have been handling quarterback duties during spring practice.
"We are not ready to rely upon anybody at the quarterback spot," Miles said. "We have three guys there. There will be a competition. Perrilloux has to compete."
Miles said Perrilloux began weight room workouts and running last Wednesday.
Perrilloux was among the nation's most coveted high school quarterback prospects when he joined the Tigers. He appeared to be fulfilling his promise in 2007, after redshirting in 2005 and playing sparingly as a third-stringer in 2006.
In May 2007 he was suspended from the team after he was cited for trying to illegally board a Baton Rouge riverboat casino by using his older brother's driver's license. He was reinstated in August.
In October, the week before the Alabama game, he was barred from practice for his role in a nightclub brawl.
Chris Low covers college football and college basketball for ESPN.com. He can be reached at email@example.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.