"He has been walking on the sidelines over there like he's caged for the last few days." That's how Jacksonville State Coach Jack Crowe described his star QB Ryan Perrilloux who re-entered public life this week.
Perrilloux, who missed the Ga. Tech opener because of a violation of team rules in the spring, was allowed his first media appearance Tuesday and he sounds like he didn't miss a beat.
Perrilloux said he doesn't believe he's behind in any facet of the game because of the suspension. In fact, said his coach, "he's a lot better right now than any stage he stepped on the field last year." (Ouch, better than his '08 stats of 2,300 yards passing and the 26 TDs accounted for?)
Perrilloux added, "I think the only thing I've lost in not playing that game is basically a game...Coach still prepared me to be ready for Florida State this week in the conditioning and throws I had to do. I was with the team all the way up to the end (before the Tech game), I just didn't play in the game and came right back on Sunday and picked it right back up."
Crowe said having Perrilloux back this week against the Seminoles gives the Gamecocks a chance to "maybe get to the style of play that we have been planning and working on."
FSU is Perrilloux's money game. The Anniston Star Sports Editor Joe Medley calls it Perrilloux's "last chance to get it done against guys who still do it on college football's highest level. Here's your chance to give NFL types some on-field eye candy against other NFL eye candy...Making plays against the school that brought us playmakers like Deion Sanders and your personal favorite, Charlie Ward, couldn't hurt either.
"So, paging, Mr. Ryan Perrilloux...This is your career calling.
"It's a very important message regarding Saturday's game at Florida State."
The name is the same? Perrilloux, the name, is an almost exact match with the French word for perilous -- périlleux. Expect nothing less than peril for FSU's defense when this mobile multi-threat with something to prove hits the Doak Campbell turf.
Cheap film study. Jacksonville State coaches and players did some intensive study on the Noles -- just like millions of others who watched Monday night's game with Miami. "We get a chance to see them live and, to me, that's a better ready than just film," JSU coach Jack Crowe said. "I always thought watching somebody, even on TV, gives you a better sense of who they are."