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Former Northside quarterback Ivory to start against Georgia Tech

Jacksonville State head football coach Jack Crowe announced Friday morning that senior quarterback Ryan Perrilloux has been suspended for the Gamecocks’ season-opener against Georgia Tech for a violation of team rules.

Getting the start against the Yellow Jackets instead will be backup sophomore Marques Ivory.

A former high school standout at Northside, Ivory led the Eagles to two GHSA Class AAAA state championships, and back-to-back undefeated seasons his junior and senior years.

Northside’s most recent state championship—in 2007—came after Ivory willed the Eagles to a dramatic, come-from-behind victory in the state semifinal against Tucker at the Georgia Dome. With his team trailing at halftime, he unexpectedly entered the game and connected on a pair of big touchdown passes that helped propel Northside into the state championship game.

Jacksonville State has not said what rules Perrilloux violated, but that they occurred several months ago.

“Due to an incident that occurred during the spring, Ryan has been suspended for the first game against Georgia Tech,” Crowe said, according to the school’s Web site. “This is not the result of any legal circumstances and is strictly a violation of the strict guidelines he came here under.”

Perrilloux enrolled in the eastern Alabama university last fall after being dismissed from LSU’s football team for similar infractions during his sophomore year. On the field earlier that year, however, he was strong, leading the Tigers to the BCS National Championship after helping LSU beat Tennessee in the SEC Championship.

When Jacksonville State accepted Perrilloux, it was with the hope that his behavior would not be a serious issue there. On Friday, Crowe reaffirmed his stance on the behavior of Perrilloux and any other players on his team.

“We have not made a different set of rules for Ryan,” said Crowe. “He has the same consequences as any one of our players and there is very little room for error. I do not think this is a reflection of his accountability since he has been here. Our fans do not need to assume more than it is, which is a team rule.

“Since the incident, Ryan has demonstrated his responsibility to this team and this University. I expect this to just be a one-time incident. This does not change his role as the quarterback on this football team and he will start the (next) game against Florida State. I fully expect him to have an outstanding senior season.”

The Gamecocks visit Atlanta on Sept. 5.

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