LSU dismisses two; Perriloux to miss Alabama game

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, November 13, 2007

BATON ROUGE – LSU coach Les Miles dismissed linebackers Derrick Odom and Jeremy Benton from the team on Wednesday and said that backup quarterback Ryan Perrilloux will not make the trip to Tuscaloosa on Saturday for their involvement in an altercation at an off-campus establishment last week.

 Miles made the decision on Wednesday after reviewing the findings of an investigation into the incident by the Baton Rouge Police Department.

“This incident it appears is winding down,” Miles said. “Our involvement is not to be condoned. There are a number of people at fault here including our guys and their judgment. How that will translate is this. Two guys, Derrick Odom and Jeremy Benton, will no longer be on the team. Ryan Perrilloux will not play in the Alabama game. That’s how it’s shaken out.

“Beyond that time, Ryan will be back as we prepare for our remainder of the season. That is how this thing has ended, and I want to go forward from here.”

Odom, a redshirt freshman from Jackson, Miss., has not seen any action for the Tigers this year, while Benton, a junior walkon from Monroe, La., played in four games, all in a backup role.

In eight games this year, Perrilloux has thrown for 414 yards and six touchdowns, while adding another 192 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.

Miles said that sophomore Andrew Hatch along with freshman Jarrett Lee will serve as LSU’s backup quarterbacks this weekend against Alabama. LSU travels to face the 17th-ranked Crimson Tide at 4 p.m. on Saturday in Tuscaloosa.