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QB Perrilloux Gets A Shot With Vikings

Posted by cjsiewert on April 29, 2010 – 2:54 pm

In recent days, a lot of interest from the Vikings faithful has been directed towards the idea of adding former LSU and Jacksonville State QB Ryan Perrilloux.  This interest in Perrilloux is duly noted as 6-3, 223 pound QB has displayed a great deal of athletic ability and potential throughout his collegiate career.

Coming out of high school at East St. John High in Reserve, Louisiana, Perrilloux was considered to be the top high school QB prospect in the 2005 class alongside current NY Jets QB Mark Sanchez.  Being a top prospect, heavy recruiting came with the territory and after verbally committing to Texas, Perrilloux decided LSU was the better fit.

After being redshirted in 2005, Perrilloux saw very limited action in 2006 behind QBs JaMarcus Russell and Matt Flynn, completing just 1 pass for 10 yards in an early-season game against Louisiana-Lafayette.

The 2007 season was not a whole lot different than his ’06 campaign, although Perrilloux got his first collegiate start when head coach Les Miles decided to rest Flynn due to a previous injury.  Perrilloux stepped into the spotlight completing 20 of 25 attempts for 298 yards and 3 TDs in a 44-0 crushing of Middle Tennessee.

A few off-field transgressions kept Perrilloux from seeing much of any action for the rest of the ’07 season until the SEC Championship game against Tennessee.  Flynn was sidelined by another injury resulting in Perrilloux’s 2nd career start.  Perrilloux didn’t let the Tigers faithful down, leading his team to a 21-14 victory, completing 20 of 30 attempts for 243 yards and 1 TD.

After the ’07 season, Perrilloux was suspended from the team for violating team rules.  This resulted in Miles cutting Perrilloux from the team entirely.  The cut prompted Perrilloux to seek for a continuation of his football career elsewhere, where he then transferred to Jacksonville State and was deemed the Gamecocks’ starting QB for the 2008 season.

In Perrilloux’s 1st season as a starter in 2008, he completed 186 of 296 attempts (62.8%) for 2,298 yards and 19 TDs.  His 2009 campaign was his most productive season during his collegiate career, completing 138 of 236 attempts (58.5%) for 2,345 yards and 23 TDs.  He also only threw 2 INTs and had a QB rating of 172.4.

Perrilloux appears to have a strong head on his shoulders after dealing with some adversity throughout his collegiate career.  This has landed him an invitation and opportunity to practice with the Vikings during their 3-day rookie minicamp held this weekend at Winter Park.

If Perrilloux shows the Vikings coaching staff that he is capable of performing as an NFL QB, it is likely that he would then get an invitation to their summer workout program and quite possibly an invitation to training camp come August.

Numerous scouts have compared Perrilloux to Redskins QB Donovan McNabb.  I wouldn’t go that far, yet, as Perrilloux has a lot to prove to even make it into the NFL.  It’s nice to see, though, that the Vikings coaching staff is giving him a chance to prove himself and showcase his gifted athletic abilities.


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Rookie Minicamp Set To Get Underway

Posted by Mike Wobschall on April 29, 2010 – 2:21 pm

A large contingent of draft picks, undrafted rookie free agents and tryout players continue to roll into Winter Park today as the Vikings are set to host their annual rookie minicamp, which begins today and runs through Sunday. The players will work with the Vikings coaching staff on the field and in meeting rooms for the next couple of days as the club continues to shape its roster.

Be sure to stay with us because we’ll have coverage of the minicamp this weekend as we all try to see what this year’s draft class and crop of rookie free agents can do. Tomorrow morning we’ll have a feature on former Gopher standout and MN native Nathan Triplett to kick things off and the coverage will continue all weekend.

We hope to see you here frequently, and don’t be afraid to share your thoughts in the comments section below each entry.


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Stadium Bill May Be Introduced To Legislature On Monday

Posted by cjsiewert on April 29, 2010 – 1:12 pm

Since the 2010 NFL Draft concluded this past weekend, the hot topic of Vikings discussion has revolved around whether or not the Vikings selections will make an impact, which undrafted players have a shot at making the team and which free agents the Purple should pursue.

But another topic gaining momentum over the past couple of days has been that of finalizing the details for a Vikings stadium bill.

WCCO’s Pat Kessler reports that top legislative leaders and Vikings officials met Wednesday, preparing for a bill to be introduced at the Legislature as early as Monday.

“This issue has been thoroughly discussed and debated. It’s down to what is the right plan,” Vikings VP of Public Affairs/Stadium Development Lester Bagley told Kessler on introducing the bill to legislature. “What fits Minnesota, what protects taxpayers.  That solves the problem and keeps the Vikings here for the next generation.”

Getting the bill passed this Legislative Session may take some hard-pressed motivation from certain individuals as the current session ends May 17.  This timeline does not have Bagley too concerned as he feels they “can get it [stadium bill] solved in 14, 15 days.”

Although the Metrodome location seems to be the most conceivable spot for a new stadium, the new stadium bill will be “site-neutral,” which means any city or county can bid on the stadium.

On Wednesday, Bagley chatted with fans on vikings.com about the stadium issue. Click here to replay the chat.

Stay tuned to vikings.com for continuing coverage of this issue.


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Clarifying Point On Developing Young Offensive Linemen

Posted by Mike Wobschall on April 29, 2010 – 7:57 am

In the most recent edition of the vikings.com Monday Morning Mailbag, I addressed a question from a reader asking why the Vikings didn’t draft more offensive linemen. As a reader has pointed out to me, I need to clarify and correct a few facts contained within that response and then I also want update a few of the figures I originally included.

In my response, I stated that 7 of the Vikings 11 offensive linemen currently under contract (including 5th round draft pick Chris DeGeare) were 23 or younger and that Ryan Cook was just 24, indicating that the Vikings had a bevy of young linemen to develop and therefore didn’t need to be aggressive in picking more up during the draft. In reality, 7 of those 11 offensive linemen are 24 or younger and Cook is actually 26. Although the numbers are slightly different, the point remains that the Vikings have a roster full of developmental prospects at offensive line.

Since that Monday Morning Mailbag was posted, the Vikings have added players – both as undrafted rookie free agents and tryout players – that strengthen this point. Five undrafted rookie free agent OL will participate in this weekend’s rookie minicamp and they’ll be joined by 4 more OL who will be trying out. That brings the total number of OL with the Vikings to 20 and 16 of them are at or under the age of 24, with Cook at 26 (turning 27 on May 8).

Maybe more than any other position, unheralded prospects can turn into productive players along the OL. In 2010, 3 OL who entered the NFL as undrafted players (Jason Peters, Shaun O’Hara and Kris Dielman) made the Pro Bowl and another (David Diehl) was taken in the 5th round.

So after all of that, the point remains: the Vikings are in a good position to develop some young OL and groom them to be solid players. But I wanted to clarify and correct the facts, and also include that update. So thanks to Jesse, who pointed out the need for clarification.


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