LSU's Miles doesn't address Perrilloux's status as spring drills loom

2/29/2008 - LSU Tigers

BATON ROUGE, La. -- When defending national champion LSU opens spring practice Friday, the two quarterbacks who led the Tigers last season won't be there.

Matt Flynn, the offensive MVP of the BCS Championship game against Ohio State, is trying to make it in the NFL. The Tigers knew they'd be without Flynn this year. He's a fifth-year senior.

Ryan Perrilloux's absence is unexpected. The MVP of the SEC championship game, expected to replace Flynn as the starter next season, has been suspended indefinitely.

Coach Les Miles said last week that Perrilloux was disciplined for violating team rules. It's the third suspension for Perrilloux in the last nine months.

"I am not going to spend a lot of time thinking and talking about [Perrilloux]," said Miles at a pre-spring practice news conference Wednesday. "I am focusing on the guys who are competing for a position on this team now. I'd appreciate if you don't ask me any more questions about him."

Perrilloux made two starts last season -- one against Middle Tennessee and against Tennessee for the conference championship. He completed 51-of-75 passes for 694 yards with eight touchdowns and two interceptions.

But his performance has been overshadowed by off-the-field problems. He was suspended last summer for attempting to enter a casino with a fake identification card. Then, he was suspended one game in the regular season for an incident at an off-campus nightspot.

"My discipline is about team discipline," Miles said. "My responsibility is to the program and the team and not to the media. You guys get no vote and no say about the suspension. In time, you'll get to know stuff.

"The reality of it is [Perrilloux] is no longer part of the team [at this time]. It's a very serious issue."

With Perrilloux sidelined, the only two scholarship quarterbacks for spring practice are Andrew Hatch and Jarrett Lee.

Hatch, who transferred from Harvard, played in one game last season. Lee, a highly regarded recruit, was redshirted a year ago.

"These two guys will divide every rep this spring," Miles said. "They'll be guys we want to develop and teach the position. We have 15 practices. They'll be at a certain level after eight practices. Hopefully, at the back end of spring, they'll be at a higher level."

Miles feels comfortable with the roster of players who will have the opportunity of winning back-to-back national titles.

"We'll have new leaders and new playmakers," Miles said. "We are not the same team. The attitude's been great. The work that has been done in the weight room is as good as it has been.

"The guys understand what they achieved. They understand they are not the same team. This team must develop. They are very hungry."

LSU's spring game is set for April 5. The Tigers open the season Aug. 30 at home against Appalachian State.