Monday, July 16, 2007

Some tidbits on players

It's no secret that two of our bigger problems the 2007 LSU football teams faces are depth at quarterback and depth at offensive tackle. These problems were created by certain players who managed to get themselves kicked off the team or suspended from the team. It now appears that one of those players just may unexpectedly make it back to the team.

Kyle Anderson was expelled from the team following allegations that he laid in wait outside of a local bar and sucker-punched a patron leaving it. His loss along with that of Zhamal Thomas, kicked off for burglary and identity theft, left LSU with a big hole in the two-deep at offensive tackle.

Now, however, Kyle Anderson may be coming back. He has reportedly had the most serious charge he faces reduced to a misdemeanor and has offered Les Miles to come back to the team as a sophomore walk-on, paying his own way. This is in the face of several D-1 programs out there offering Kyle Anderson a scholarship to transfer. His return would solidify the depth chart at offensive tackle. There is no word yet on whether or not Miles has or will accept his return on that basis.

There is some indication that Kyle's parking lot escapades were not an isolated incident, and that his dismissal was more about a series of problems than about this one incident. I don't know Kyle Anderson. I don't know anything about him other than what I've read and been told. For that reason, I trust that whatever Miles decides about Anderson's future with the team will be the correct decision. If Anderson's presence on the team will be a positive in the locker room, then his presence on the field will definitely be a positive, helping the team get the starters valuable rest.

There is still no word on Ryan Perrilloux. There is speculation that one of the conditions of his return to the team is that he complete summer school without incident and in good standing. Summer school has not closed out yet, and his return awaits that. But I don't know if that's really true or not. The other rumor is that Miles will wait on re-instating Perrilloux until the eve of Fall Practice, which starts on August 2nd. Most rumors have him eventually returning to the team, which is good for LSU's QB depth in 2007, and if he can stay with the team through 2008 or 2009, it will be good for those years too.

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