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Friday, July 27, 2007

Alley may still be thinking NFL

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Former LSU tailback Alley Broussard may still pursue an NFL career and still has plenty of time to transfer to a lower level school.

"I really wouldn't want to speculate there," LSU coach Les Miles said today at the final day of the Southeastern Conference Media Days. "I think it's the kind of thing where with time, you know, he might even pursue the NFL. You really don't know. It's just one where it's a personal decision, one that's made with what are his personal considerations."

Broussard, a fifth-year senior from Lafayette who led LSU in rushing in 2004 and set the school record with 250 against Ole Miss, announced on Tuesday that he would not be playing his senior year this season at LSU. Broussard has never been quite the same since a serious knee injury before the 2005 season that caused him to miss that entire year. He plans to enroll in school this month and get his degree. He remains on scholarship at LSU.

"I think the young backs - Keiland Williams, Charles Scott, Richard Murphy, Jacob Hester - are really pursuing the field so hard that I don't know that he (Broussard) felt like he could overtake that position," Miles said. "I think he just is focusing on his academics."

Miles often criticized Broussard's work ethic since the injury, but he showed empathy for Broussard Friday.

"It's sad when a guy feels like maybe an injury cost him an opportunity to compete," Miles said. "If he could not get that leg to a position where he felt like he was very comfortable or if he felt like, for whatever reason, he was not going to be able to compete with strength, then maybe the decision is a quality one."

TRANSFER RULE UPDATE: Upon further review, SEC associate commissioner for compliance Greg Sankey said Friday that the new rule barring senior football players at Division I-A schools from transferring to and immediately playing at a Division I-AA school IS in effect this season.

He previously said that rule would not come into effect until next season and Broussard could play this season at a McNeese State or a Northwestern State. There is some inconsistency between the physical NCAA manual and the online edition of the manual. Broussard can transfer to a Division II or III school or an NAIA school and play right away.

PERRILLOUX FATE NEARING: Miles said he will decide next week whether sophomore quarterback Ryan Perrilloux re-joins the team. Perrilloux was suspended in May after he was cited by Baton Rouge Police for trying to enter a gambling casino with his older brother's driver's license since he is not 21.

Perrilloux has been performing a list of duties, including community service work, handed down by Miles throughout the summer in order to regain his playing status.

Federal authorities are also still working a counterfeiting case in the LaPlace area where Perrilloux is from and that involves Perrilloux. He was questioned last November by Secret Service officials about his role in the alleged counterfeiting ring after presenting counterfeit money at a convenience store in the LaPlace area.

"We'll look at his matter in this next week and make a decision whether he returns," Miles said.
LSU players are schedule to report for preseason practice on Friday with practice starting on Saturday, Aug. 4. The Tigers open the season on Thursday, Aug. 30 at Mississippi State.


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