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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38 Responses to “QB Perrilloux Gets A Shot With Vikings”

  1. By Paul M on Apr 29, 2010 | Reply

    Well, it’s about time the Vikes did something about the QB position this off-season! Dez Bryant / Cowboys – MOVE OVER! – WITH ONLY A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK, THIS MAY JUST BE THE STEAL OF 2010 ! This kid has all the tools – and then some.

    If Dallas is spending so much on Bryant, with HIS questionable character, then the Vikings are definitely on the right track with Perrilloux. We’ve done very well with the young men we’ve given a second chance to put some youthful indiscretions behind them i.e. Randy Moss and Percy Harvin.

    Let there be no mis-understandings here – Perrilloux has the potential to be just as great! WHAT A STEAL THIS MAY BECOME!

  2. By Elgar on Apr 29, 2010 | Reply

    Some people learn from their mistakes, while others do not. It would be as foolish for the Vikings not to give Perrilloux a chance to prove himself as it would be for Ryan to blow his shot at redemption.

    There are risks in everything, including sitting on your hands. This is the time of year to explore numerous ways of improving the team. Some will work out while others won’t, but we should keep in mind that Edison did not invent the light bulb by giving up when things went wrong.

  3. By MGR4FUN on Apr 29, 2010 | Reply

    well i heard edison learned about 2000 ways a lightbulb wouldnt work before he learned how one would work … is a numbers game … just sayin … i am hopin young mr perrilloux is that diamond in the rough he has shown a ton of raw talent … i am also hopin some patience and maturity has found its way to this young man as well … i am a fan of his ever since his LSU days

  4. By Jeff on Apr 29, 2010 | Reply

    if he is so good then how come no other teams tried to get him?

  5. By Mista on Apr 29, 2010 | Reply

    Well Jeff, because of his OFF THE FIELD Transgressions

  6. By Mike E on Apr 29, 2010 | Reply

    Other teams tried to get him– (from what i’ve heard) but he picked the vikings because of what is seen as a very good roster and a very uncertain QB position.

  7. By marcus on Apr 29, 2010 | Reply

    he had some off field issues but he is very solid QB!!!! hey the vikes to a chance on percy harvin and look how it paid off he had issues as well? he might be that gem hide in the draft? trust me the vikes are smart they done there home work on this kid wait an see!

  8. By Brett Farve on Apr 29, 2010 | Reply

    The Vikings seem to love the Black some-what athletic not much of a true QB type of guy. I mean do they have eyes? T Jack first round beating, The legend Almost super bowl. Hey Chilli in life you want to move forward not backward. Whats next at QB; A Guy out of D3 no-name state because you think you can Turn him in to something (TJack). Well at this rate TJack will be good about the time he will retire.
    Oh and by the way we want a white QB take a look in the stands its white as a Minnesota winter, just an insight. I’m just saying.

  9. By Nat on Apr 29, 2010 | Reply

    Racist much Mr. “Brett Favre” poser?

  10. By Skol_Vikings on Apr 29, 2010 | Reply

    okay, Brett Favre, the commenter — thats just rude and racist. T-Jack was a D1 AA QB, dumb—, there’s some decent talent in the D1 non-BCS. True, a lot of it is more destined for the Arena League. Talent is talent, and you get it where you can get it. Maybe this guy really will be an answer for the future, maybe he’s the next John David Booty, who knows? But they aren’t paying jack to take a look.

  11. By Mike E on Apr 29, 2010 | Reply

    Terrible Comment dude– Travaris Jackson has Shown Significant promise– In 2008 he threw 9 TDS and 2 picks… A great ratio but had limited snaps because fools like you booing him off the field from the onset of his career. There is a racial componant to it– the fact is fans give Black QBs shorter leashes than White QBs… And Fans don’t understand what a learning Curve is. For instance, Sidney Rice– It is very typical for a pro WR to have a 3 year learning Curve… This is True for Rice and it panned out despite all the Fans Who had already given up on him. QB is even a tougher Position to learn the Nuances of, and despite leading us to the playofs in 08 Travaris Jackson Got booed, which only Made the Philadelphia defense that Much Stronger in the playoff Game. It is Unfortunate that Travris Jackson Got Treated just as bad here as Donnavan McNabb did in Philly– And While I thinK favre edges out Jackson Regardless lets not forget that Favre was working with a better team than Jackson ever had to work With… Percy Harvin and Phil Loadhoalt were upgrades… Athleticism at the QB position is not necesarily a bad thing– Favre Used to be considered Athletic, Rothlisberger is Considered Athletic, Aaron Rodgers is Considered Athletic, and these guys are also Considered Quality QBs who have either been given a lot of time to develop or a very long leesh to work through their many errors.

  12. By MGR4FUN on Apr 29, 2010 | Reply

    aint it interestin that the biggest reason ryan perriloux is here in purple this weekend is because of #4 … they share the same agent … obviously the dude badmouthin him didnt watch the SEC Championship game three years ago when young mr perriloux qb’d the LSU Tigers past Tenneesee for the title … as for acceptance we hav taken the cheesehead of all cheeseheads into the fold … talk about a double standard … dang … t-jack will be worth his weight in gold this year mark my word … this will be a long campaign with the bye in week 4 then a 13 week run to the playoffs … trust me our depth charts will be tested

  13. By Bigfan1 on Apr 29, 2010 | Reply

    Great, give him a shot.

  14. By the nic on Apr 29, 2010 | Reply

    look tavaris jackson is bad, you can sugar coat it all you want that he got a bad situation or what ever but the truth is he sat for plenty of time behind some real quality qb’s before he ever got on the field, and childress is (by reputation anyway) really good at developing qb’s. his time has passed, and im really upset that he got re-signed, i love my vikes and i dont care what color skin there qb has as long as he is good enough to take us to the super bowl and win it.

  15. By the nic on Apr 29, 2010 | Reply

    p.s. why wasnt tyler thigpen given a chance? or john david booty? we never even got the oppertunity to see what they had, cus childress is so heckbent on being right about jackson. just my opinion. i wish we had gotten shannahan or cowher. and i miss dennis green

  16. By PurplePeopleEater on Apr 29, 2010 | Reply

    Nic – look back at Mike E’s comment, he said it best regarding how generally takes QBs longer to mature than other positions on the field. Generally speaking, a good QB needs a 5 year window to develop before getting an honest grade. Obviously there are freaks of nature out there that are much faster than the general rule, but we need to focus beyond the freaks of nature and understand what we have.

    We have a guy in TJack coming into his 5th year in the NFL. This is the year where the man can truly be graded as a hit or a bust. That means that last year was even too early, but he was arguably doing better then, even with the little we got to see of him. If this wasn’t the case, there is no way that coaches with such a great eye for talent as we have would have offered him a new contract.

    Many people are simply going to remember what they saw from TJack 2 years ago, in his last start when he lost the game to Philly and use that to argue how good he is now. That’s just not fair by any means, and we need to forget about it and trust the coaches to make the right decisions, at least until we get another chance to see a real test on how he has developed since then.

  17. By Allen on Apr 30, 2010 | Reply

    I find it funny that most people who do the complaining have never played the QB spot semi pro or professionally.. There is a difference between college ball and pro ball which I am also sure most negative commenters haven’t even played high school football.
    Each game and each system is different which just getting the opportunity to put on a uniform is a very good accomplishment.
    One player does not make or break a team which is why football is a team sport not an individual sport.
    I am sure I speak for all the semi pro and pro QBs but if you think you can do better you go ahead and see if you can do better during a game although if not willing to do so just shut your mouths and watch real athletes play the game and wolrking on succeeding in their sport and lives.

  18. By Allen on Apr 30, 2010 | Reply

    To those out there that think the race of a QB or any other player is in question I honestly feel sorry for you and your families because that is racist and just shows how little minded you are.
    Skin color matters not about a person’s abilities because after all we are all different people and some people develop skills faster than others although only through practice and development can those skills be improved upon not by studying but by actually getting out and doing.
    Just because someone did great at the college level doesn’t mean that person will be great at the pro level nor if they stunk at the college level does it mean they will stink at the pro level it all matters on how the whole team works together as a unit and the more work they have together.

  19. By Bill on Apr 30, 2010 | Reply

    Hope he is the next Tony Romo or Kurt Warner

  20. By rob on Apr 30, 2010 | Reply

    you”d think racist brett would know how to spell his name right…farve????

  21. By JOSH on Apr 30, 2010 | Reply


  22. By dirty little secret on Apr 30, 2010 | Reply

    TJack has had is ups and downs. Prolly more downs than ups. If he was that bad, do you really think they would have signed him to an extension? Let he guy have a chance. Yeah he had a bad game against Philly in the playoffs, but wasn’t he the one that got us there?? I wish the kid the best of luck because he like all of us, are not perfect. Could you imagine if he would have turned the ball over like Peterson in the playoffs. WOW you guys would bash him the rest of his life. Could you imagine if he would have thrown that pick against the Saints in the closing minutes. Just remember even the super stars of this team make mistakes. So don’t just bash this guy, give him a chance. He is very athletic and I think he has some pretty good skills. Best of luck TJ.

  23. By Benson on Apr 30, 2010 | Reply

    I doubt the vikings will carry 4 qb’s on the roster unless they cut one of them. I would like to see him develop as a viking but his shot seems far from a long shot.

  24. By Nick on Apr 30, 2010 | Reply

    Just remember, it costs nothing to take a look or even sign him to the roster over the summer. This is just a look to see if he could possibly have what it takes. Also, remember that just because someone doesn’t get drafted, doesn’t mean they’re not good (Kurt Warner, John Randle, Wes Welker, Pat Williams, etc.) This guy could be one of those people who fell off the board due to his off the field issues, but still has amazing talent, which happens to be the case from everything I’ve heard about him. This is a low risk high reward situation. GO FOR IT.

    Also, it is definitely too soon to make a final decision on Tjack, but his time is running short.

  25. By vikings012 on Apr 30, 2010 | Reply

    allen sut up!! duuhh college play is different than the NFL u dont know it either so shut it u act like u know it all ya college is different than the nfl and thats why QB’s r great in the nfl because they adapt and put the time into it to be great jackson is not great at the QB spot he will only lead us to wildcard one and dones in the playoffs dont act like u know how college is sooo much different than nfl we all know that and u know jus as much as we do so dont act like ur better

  26. By Asher on Apr 30, 2010 | Reply

    vikings012 – your comment was painful to read, bro. Correct your grammar just a bit and people would take you a bit more seriously. And for anyone to claim they KNOW TJack doesn’t have what it takes to be a solid QB for the Vikes, your opinion means absolutely nothing to me. He could end up being a bust, but the last time he started he did fairly well until the playoff game. Who knows how much he’s grown the past year under Favre. The coaching staff and the players know a heck of a lot more about his potential than us sitting behind the computer or even the stands…

  27. By Allen on Apr 30, 2010 | Reply

    Asher thank you which yes Vikings012 was painful to read and comprehend his lack of English which I also think if Vikings012 had a 250 lb Linebacker chasing him/her down he/she just might change their tune.
    Did you actually read and comprehend my comment and meaning vikings012? With your spelling and grammer I doubt it so let me put it another way for you because what I meant was people are comparing how people do in college (apples) to the pros (oranges).
    The coaches do know how to spot the talent of their potential and current players which it is easier for us to critize and condem since we only see them play once a week whereas the coaches see them day in and day out plus it is their job.
    As far as Brett is concerned he needs ankle surgery to be able to play in 2010 and chances of him getting and fully recoverying enough to even take snaps for the 2010 season are slim to none.
    If Ryan does a good job and is able to make the team great although if not at least the chance was taken plus who knows with Brett having the team last year might have just put the spark into TJack and Sage to work harder on learning the system / meshing with the teammates/working harder on their strengths to make them better when they are called upon to do so in the spotlight besides if they thought TJack had nothing to offer other than riding the bench would they have offered him an extension and put him higher on the depth chart than Sage?

  28. By purpleandgoldblood on Apr 30, 2010 | Reply

    brett comes back
    trade sage
    keep jackson
    ryan makes roster
    what do you think of that?
    RJ Archer? if you want to throw him in the mix

  29. By Dan on Apr 30, 2010 | Reply

    I watched a few LSU games when Perrilloux was still with them, and he is a very good QB. Many scouts had him as the best overall quarterback (strictly from a skills perspective) in this draft. He still has a lot to prove, but if he can straighten out, the Vikes may have found a solid long-term answer at QB.

  30. By brutalturtle on Apr 30, 2010 | Reply

    guys don’t you think that if the vikings had faith in TJ then why did we pick up farve in the first place and don’t give me the old veteran QB thing if the vikings really trusted TJ or sage they would have told brett no thanks TJ got us to the playoffs and we think he can take us deeper next time . as you know this is a win now league and i don’t think they see that happening with TJ

  31. By brutalturtle on Apr 30, 2010 | Reply

    maybe not apples to oranges but red apples to green apples

  32. By Nat on Apr 30, 2010 | Reply

    Doesn’t matter how much they trust TJ brutalturtle, the only thing that matters is that it was Brett Favre. Other than Brady, Manning, and Brees who else would you want running the offense over him?

  33. By mnmaverick on May 1, 2010 | Reply

    To say that signing Favre had anything to do with TJ being no good doesn’t make any sense. I believe there are several decent starting quarterbacks in the league that would be told to sit if Favre became an option. The truth is TJ may be a bust, but no one can say that at this point. Only the coaching staff knows if that is the case and they have chosen to keep him around. Fans love to talk like experts, when they have absolutely no inside track on the players they are evaluating. It is all about their own ego trips. time will tell if TJ becomes the Vikings starter again. There isn’t a single position on the team that is safe if a better option becomes available. Favre was not only a better option than the QB’s on the Vikes roster, but is a better option than half of the current starters on other rosters. Except in rare cases, the QB position takes years to master and each year TJ holds on to his job, the better the chance that he becomes a starting QB. Fans love to pick on players they do not like and claim it is not for personal reasons, while the truth is, they are simply not a fan of a particular player and do not want them to succeed and prove them wrong. Like it or not, the coaches are behind TJ until they decide he doesn’t have it, or another better option becomes available. As a Vikings fan, I would like to see TJ succeed. We drafted him and have spent years developing him. If it had been some other QB, I would feel the same way. That is my personal opinion, and like all the rest, means nothing in the real world. The Vikings are not going to make a decision based on what fans think they should do, so we can all keep blowing wind and deeming him a bust . If that is what you choose to believe, no facts will ever change your mind. In the end it all means nothing anyway so rip on him all you want. He is a Viking and I will cheer for him if he is under center, just as I will cheer for every Viking on the field. In my opinion, the Vikings need a huge upgrade at right guard, but I am not holding my breath waiting for them to read my opinion and run out and sign someone. If they do nothing, I will still be cheering for whoever is at right guard, not whining and moaning like a child.

  34. By Malte on May 2, 2010 | Reply

    great commen mnmaverick :)
    The vikings do seem to have made some really nice moved this offseason and i have no doubt that they know what they are doing. Maybe TJ is the future QB maybe not, only time will tell. but the coaches belevies in him, and so do I.

  35. By Chris on May 2, 2010 | Reply

    Why does everyone think TJack got us to the playoffs 2 years ago? Remember Chilly benched him after the 2nd game for the year because of his terrible performance. It was Gus who went 8-2 to get us to the playoffs. TJack had a great game against Arizona and he’s looked good in relief of Brett, but it’s the inconsistancy that kills him. He still can’t hit the routine play and when the pressure is on he reverts back to bad habits. I wish we’d kept Thigpen around or given JD Booty a chance. Hopefully, Chilly has his eye on a good QB in next years draft like Locker and not another project like TJack.

  36. By vikelifer on May 2, 2010 | Reply

    Lots of high draft picks for QB never pan out.I think TJ has a big upside,I think were going to need him sometime this year maybe after the first game,he’ll do well. I have faith the coaching staff knows what they are doing.Athleates should be just like everybody else judged by the color of their character not the color of their skin.TJ is a professional hopefully he has learned alot under Favre,TJ would have run for a first down against the Saints where Farve didn’t have the ability, every QB is different.Favre has many abilities but running isn’t one of them.Hopefully our O-line can do a better job of protecting him,or whom ever plays QB for us.Black or White doesn’t mean a difference to me I’ll cheer for every player on that field like I’ve been doing for the last 40 years,Purple Pride is what we need to survive,in the brutal world of the NFL.

  37. By nick on May 2, 2010 | Reply

    this kid had problems it dont matter he is still a good player and we have delt with other players like this in percy harvin and randy moss and thhey both got rookie of the year so vikings take a chance and lets hope for the same turn out

  38. By nick on May 2, 2010 | Reply

    like big ben he went 14 and 0 with a good d and good wide recivers and we have all of that and this kid could be better than big ben they have already compared him to dovan mcnabb so he coould be great i like this kid alot and is a good football player

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