Tape It Up: LSU: Without A Flynn

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LSU: Without A Flynn

Last weekend, LSU's triple-overtime loss to Arkansas did more than knock the Tigers out of the national championship race - it may have knocked Matt Flynn out of this weekend's SEC Championship game. Flynn suffered an injury to his right shoulder during last week's loss and head coach Les Miles informed the media on Friday that Flynn's ability to play would be a game-time decision. For a team down in the dumps after two overtime losses, including one at home on senior day, led by a coach who may be leaving at the end of the season, who insists on rationalizing away their losses by saying the team never lost in regulation, this is perhaps the worst piece of news LSU could receive on the eve of what has become their biggest game of the season.

If he plays on Saturday, Flynn, a senior, will be playing in his second-to-last game (the Tigers sould certainly go to a bowl game, even if they lose to Tennessee in the SEC Championship). He participated in pratices all week, but Miles said that Flynn will have to see how he feels when he reaches the field on Saturday before the coaching staff can say for sure who will get to play.

"If he's ready to play, we'll play him," Miles said. "If he's not, he'll watch. But I would expect that he may well play."

Miles said that if Flynn's ability to throw is hampered in any way, then backup Ryan Perrilloux will get the start.

"I think that we don't want a tender quarterback that's trying to get a ball there," Miles said. "We want to be able to sling it."

Perrilloux is not exactly in mid-season form. After an experiment that awry earlier in the year attempting to use Perrilloux in a vintage Tebow role (bringing him in to run the ball), Perrilloux was suspended for a game for some unsanctioned extra-curricular activity and has not seen any playing time in LSU's last four games.

Flynn is not exactly the ideal QB, with a 55% completion percentage, 17 touchdowns and 10 interceptions, but he's a senior who has run the LSU offense all season. No matter what these players may tell reporters, they are all disappointed about Saturday's game no longer being a stepping stone to the national title, and it's hard to get yourself up for games when you're in that state of mind. But that's nothing compared to the difficulty this team will face if it's up to sophomore Ryan Perrilloux to get the team revved up to play.

Perrilloux's passing numbers are actually better than Flynn's - he completes better than 68% of his passes with 7 touchdowns and only one pick - but he's only thrown 45 passes this season. With Tennessee patting itself on the back for squeaking by enough times to find itself a place in the conference championship game, the last thing LSU needs is for a sophomore with myriad off-the-field issues to take over the offense for the injured senior quarterback.

It would take an awful lot of pain for Flynn to be kept off the field during the SEC Championship game of his senior year, but should he not play, the Tigers are in trouble, and not just because Perrilloux hasn't played in a month.

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