Ryan Perrilloux Heads to Jacksonville State: Dream or Nightmare Player?

Michael HicksSenior Analyst IMay 22, 2008

Hearing the new's that former LSU quarterback Ryan Perrilloux signed with Jacksonville State two thoughts entered my head...

1. How much trouble can he get in Jacksonville,Al?

2. This kid will find trouble in Jacksonville,Al.

Coming out of East St. John High School, he claimed he would win four Heisman trophies while at LSU.

After red shirting in 2005 and sitting behind future number one pick JaMarcus Russell, he compiled a longer rap sheet than he did wins as LSU quarterback.

Perrilloux got more headlines for being a "person of interest" in a counterfeit money scandal than he did for his play on the field.

As a sophomore, he was suspended for trying to get on a riverboat casino using his brothers ID.

Bad move because the bouncer at the door knew who he was.

Before the Alabama game in October, he was suspended for getting into a fight at the Varsity, a Baton Rouge nightclub.

Ryan was eventually kicked off the LSU team for "not fulfilling his obligation" as an LSU student-athlete.

He missed classes,team meetings and workouts.

Perriloux managed to do everything possible to get kicked off the team short of freeing Mike the Tiger and riding him to the bars. 

Now he takes his talent and five cent head to Jacksonville State and Jack Crowe could not be happier.

Any chance you get to bring a  nationally known player to a struggling Ohio Vally conference team and fill all 15,000 seats at Paul Snow Stadium, you take it.

It will be a far cry from playing in front of over 90,000 fans at Tiger stadium, but it could be the change he needs.

To be fair, Perrilloux was never charged with anything and he says he was always just in the wrong place at the wrong time.

I would have much more respect if he stood up and said he messed up multiple times rather than try and pass the blame.

It also came out in a recent story he has Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Apparently, OCD makes you counterfeit twenties and try to sneak on riverboat casinos.

Now I am a believer in second chances. This guy was given plenty of chances and he did not take them.

It just goes to show that if you can play a sport better than most, you will always have a place in this world.

I will be pulling for Ryan, but this is another example of an athlete thinking all he has to do is show up and he will be successful.