Tigers back on the gridiron after spring break
LSU getting back in routine after short break. Les Miles confirms reinstatement of Ryan Perrilloux.
by Matt Reynolds - Tiger Rag Assistant Editor
(photo by Matt Deville)
LSU took the practice field for the second time since returning from spring break Wednesday afternoon and Tiger coach Les Miles said it appears that his players didn’t “Cancoon” it too hard over the brief hiatus.
“There were no sunburns and I didn’t notice anyone that had gained any weight,” Miles said. “We worked them out pretty good Monday when they got back and they were really in good shape for that. We had a nice lift on Tuesday and today we had a good practice.”
The team looks very similar to the team we let go. This is the back half of spring and we’re getting ready for a 2 hour and fifteen minute scrimmage on Saturday. We have three practices this week and four the next and then we finish with the big spring game.”
The most popular topic of the post-practice interview was the lifting of the suspension of Ryan Perrilloux. Miles and staff confirmed that the troubled quarterback was re-instated Monday.
“He is back on the team,” Miles said. “He is just not to the point of practicing with the team yet.”
Miles said he is not in directly speaking with Perrilloux, but certain members of the organization are in contact with him regularly and monitoring the situation.
“There is contact. There is absolutely contact and the contact is ongoing,” Miles said. “It’s just that I’m not coaching him right now. “Of the things that I hear, most are very positive. We want to make sure that every thing is being done in the classroom and if he does that, I think you will see him at some point in the spring.”
Meanwhile the “other” quarterbacks for the Tigers seem to continue to improve.
“I think they (Jarrett Lee and Andrew Hatch) both are progressing well,” Miles said. “But I think Hatch is further ahead in understanding the offense. I think Lee has a nice release, good throwing motion. They have a nice competition going.”
Redshirt freshman Will Blackwell practiced at offensive guard Wednesday. Blackwell was recruited out of West Monroe High School last year as a defensive lineman, but Miles said that it’s apparent that he has natural ability on the O-line.
“You know, for the first day and for a guy who has been on the opposite side of the ball most of his life, he came off the ball pretty well,” Miles said. “He has some natural ability there. It’s an experiment right now, but we are looking at it. He is going to continue to work on offense throughout the spring and if things go well, he might stay there.”