October 29, 2007

LSU's Perrilloux appears out for UA game

While the status of five suspended Alabama football players remained unclear Monday, it appears the status of two LSU players was made very clear: both are out.

In his weekly news conference, LSU coach Les Miles said reserve quarterback Ryan Perrilloux and reserve linebacker Derrick Odom will not practice this week based on their involvement in a Thursday night bar brawl in Baton Rouge, La.

"We will prepare to play without these guys," said Miles.

While Odom has made no contribution to the Tigers' defense this season, Perrilloux has seen plenty of action at quarterback in support of starter Matt Flynn.

For the season, the sophomore has completed 70 percent of his passes (29 of 41) with six touchdowns and only one interception. Perriloux also adds a greater rushing dimension to LSU's quarterback spot, with 192 yards on 40 carries, much of it on zone option reads.

Alabama coach Nick Saban's press conference was over by the time the news of Perriloux's status spread, though the first-year coach will no doubt be asked for his reaction when he meets with the media again on Wednesday.

Baton Rouge police continue to investigate the altercation involving LSU players and bouncers at the Varsity music club. As of Monday, no charges have been filed in the case.

Added Miles: "I want to get all the information before I do anything further."

Whether that's an indication that Perriloux and Odom could be cleared later this week, or that more players could be disciplined, or both, remains to be seen. Both Perriloux and Odom have had previous brushes with the law, which could have been a factor in Miles' decision to discipline the pair despite the absence of legal charges.

Meanwhile, Saban said the status of five suspended Alabama players, including two starters on the offensive line, remains unchanged while the university completes an internal review of textbook distribution procedures and related violations of institutional policy.

Offensive linemen Antoine Caldwell and Marlon Davis, running back Glen Coffee and defensive backs Chris Rogers and Marquis Johnson all missed Alabama's 41-17 win over Tennessee last weekend after the violations were discovered.

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