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|Fisher still impressed with LSU|
It's funny how much better a team becomes once a coach leaves that team.
Do you think Jimbo Fisher would be raving about the 2008 LSU football team if he were still the offensive coordinator?
OK, he is not exactly raving about the 2008 Tigers as much as he is talking about how good this team could have been with Ryan Perrilloux.
Hey, don't think that won't be said a million times during the 2008 football season.
But Perrilloux has finally been exorcised from the 2008 Tiger team, after pushing one too many of Les Miles' buttons. And he had pushed a bunch.
That's how good he is, and how much he meant to the team. Talent-wise that is.
No one is doubting his talents. Hey, Division I-AA teams were lined up, drooling for a chance to pimp themselves in front of this super talented athlete who has carried the label of primma donna long enough to think he is invincible to doing anything wrong.
Jacksonville State landed Perrilloux, who will certainly be all-Ohio Valley Conference if he finishes up his final season there. The guy has mounds of talent. But he has even higher mounds of issues.
LSU was wrong for carrying him as long as they did, although that is easy to look back and say. I don't believe we're talking about a Cecil Collins here, but he is getting close. What does that make the schools who were lined up and hoping for a chance to have him calling signals for them next year?
But enough about Perrilloux - as if that's possible. Let's get back to Jimbo.
In an interview with Scott Griffin and Kevin Scarbinsky on WSPZ AM-690 in Birmingham. Ala., Fisher said Perrilloux "is extremely talented. The guy can throw it, now. I mean, throw it hard. And can run. He's strong. He's instinctive back there."
Fisher didn't stop there. He called it "a shame" that LSU booted Perrilloux off the team.
"It's a shame for him and it's a shame for them because I totally believe they can be as good (as) or better (than last year)," Fisher said. "With the quarterback, they could've made another run at that thing."
That thing is the BCS title.
And Fisher, for one, is not ready to write LSU off despite its losses to the NFL Draft and of a certain quarterback.
When asked about certain positions, Fisher responded positively about the Louisiana Tigers.
Offensive line: "Better than it's ever been down there."
Running back: "Totally stacked."
Defensive line: "They may be better there than last year. If their corners and their quarterback play well," Fisher said, "they will make another run at it."
Of course, that visit to Auburn on the third Saturday in September will tell a lot. And that will also happen to be the first real test for Andrew Hatch or Jarrett Lee.
Anyone who follows LSU sports knows the crazy things that happen in Jordan-Hare Stadium, no matter who lines up at quarterback.
It should be another classic matchup. Just ask Jimbo Fisher.
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