Perrilloux resurfaces in New York

By Vinny Ditrani
Updated: January 16, 2011

NEW JERSEY — The New York Giants announced the signings of seven free agents this past Thursday, including once highly touted quarterback Ryan Perrilloux, to contracts for the 2011 season.

Perrilloux played last season for former Giants assistant Chris Palmer with the Hartford Colonials of the United Football League. He finished his college career at Jacksonville State after starting out as the nation’s No. 1 high school recruit at LSU.

His tumultuous stay in Baton Rouge ended in spring 2008, when coach Les Miles kicked him off the team for “not fulfilling his obligation as a student-athlete.” He transferred to Jacksonville State, where as a senior in 2009 he threw for 2,350 yards and 23 touchdowns, while rushing for 443 yards and eight touchdowns.

After being spurned in the NFL draft, he opted for the UFL. “I told him if he behaved himself and did what he was supposed to do, he might get some [NFL] chances down the road,” Palmer said.

“He behaved himself and did what he was supposed to do. We had no problem with him at all. He was always on time and never got into any trouble. I think he’s just one of those kids who needed a second chance.”

Palmer thinks with a little patience, the Giants could develop the 6-foot-2, 213-pound Perrilloux into a backup for Eli Manning. “He’s a very talented kid. He has a strong arm and reminds me of Tony Romo,” said Palmer, who tutored Romo in Dallas.

At Hartford, Perrilloux completed 33 of 69 passes for 394 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions. He also ran 10 times for 35 yards and a touchdown.