LSU third-year sophomore cornerback Derek Stingley Jr. appears to have played his last game for the Tigers.
Stingley had foot surgery earlier today and is out indefinitely. According to LSU head coach Ed Orgeron, there’s no timetable for a return.
Stingley was a second-team All-American as a true freshman in 2019 when LSU won the College Football Playoff. He played in all 15 games, recording 38 tackles, 15 passes broken up, six interceptions, one fumble recovery and one tackle for loss.
Stingley played in only seven of 10 games last year, producing 27 tackles, five PBU, 2.5 TFL’s, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. He garnered first-team All-SEC honors.
Stingley had missed the last two games after registering eight tackles, 3.5 TFL’s and one forced fumble in LSU’s first three contests.
“Gotta play it by ear,” Orgeron told the media in Baton Rouge earlier today. “It’s one of those nagging injuries. We don’t know when or if he’ll be back. If not we have to carry on.”
Stingley is considered the No. 1 cover corner in the 2022 NFL Draft and is a likely top-five pick.
LSU’s star WR Kayshon Boutte was reportedly not seen at practice Tuesday during the portion in which media members were allowed to observe. However, he was back today and looked healthy, so there’s no reason to think he won’t be in uniform Saturday at undefeated Kentucky.
As of late Wednesday afternoon, most books had the Wildcats installed as 3.5-point home favorites. The total was in the 50-51 range, while the Tigers were +155 on the money line.