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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