Derek Stingley Jr. out indefinitely
Billy Jones • 10/7/2021 in Football
Derek Stingley Jr. underwent foot surgery which leaves him out for an indefinite period of time.
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LSU head coach Ed Orgeron announced yesterday that top draft prospect and starting cornerback for the Tigers, Derek Stingely Jr., will be out indefinitely after undergoing foot surgery.
Stingley said in an interview that he was doing all he could to be able to play again, but he is projected as a number 1 pick by some experts which could be jeopardized by an early return.
Unfortunately, injuries have played a major role for Stingley over the last two years as he has only played in 10 games since his breakout Freshman season where he came away with 6 interceptions en route to a National Championship.
Stingley had big expectations this season (there was even talk of getting him so snaps on offense) and it looks like he will miss many of LSU’s upcoming games after what was a solid start to the year. He came away with eight tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, and a fumble forced in his three games.
First-year defensive coordinator Daronte Jones has done a solid job pulling LSU’s defense back from the brink, but he has certainly missed a difference-maker like Stingley over the last two weeks.
Secondary players like Dwight McGlothern, Cordale Flott, and Jay Ward will have to continue to step up as the Tigers prepare to play five consecutive top 20 teams. Tigers fans were jumping on the idea of seeing Eli Ricks and Derek Stingley playing opposite each other but that certainly seems in doubt at this moment.