BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -Ryan Perrilloux got his first start at quarterback for LSU against Middle Tennessee on Saturday night, stepping in for the hobbled Matt Flynn.
Flynn sprained his right ankle last week in the second-ranked Tigers' victory over Virginia Tech and he was limited in practice during the past week. Still, the move to Perrilloux was a surprise. Coach Les Miles hadn't ruled Flynn out and the senior was announced as the starter 10 minutes before the game.
Perrilloux was among the most highly regarded quarterback recruits in the nation coming out of East St. John high school in southeast Louisiana. He joined LSU in 2005, Miles' first season as head coach.
Perrilloux saw some mop-up duty as third-string quarterback last season, but nearly jeopardized his spot on the team over the summer when he was arrested for trying to get into a casino with his older brother's license. He was suspended from the team after the arrest but reinstated in time for preseason practice.
In the first two games of this season, both lopsided LSU victories, Perrilloux threw three touchdown passes and ran for another score.
The Tigers entered their game against Middle Tennessee as more than five-touchdown favorites. LSU hosts No. 17 South Carolina next week.
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