Tigers’ star Stingley Jr. misses 2020 SEC opener

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

LSU Tigers star cornerback Derek Stingley Jr. will miss the team’s first game of the season. He is dealing with a non-COVID-19 illness.

The announcement came on ESPN’s College GameDay. He was hospitalized overnight.

LSU Tigers cornerback Derek Stingley Jr. intercepts a pass intended for George Pickens against the Georgia Bulldogs in the 2019 SEC Championship
Derek Stingley Jr. intercepts a pass intended for George Pickens against the Georgia Bulldogs in the 2019 SEC Championship (Getty Images)

“Derek Stingley Jr. became acutely ill last night and was evaluated overnight in the hospital,” LSU said in a statement. “His condition is not COVID-19 related and he is expected to be discharged soon. He will return to activity after full evaluation by the medical team.”

With Stingley not in the lineup, the Tigers will have four returning starters in their 2020 lineup. LSU plays the Mississippi State Bulldogs to kick off their 10-game schedule. 

Jay Ward, Darren Evans, and Dwight McGlothern are listed as Stingley’s backup. Ward would like to get Stingley’s starting spot for this game. 

Stingley Jr. started all 15 games for the Tigers as a freshman in 2019. His defense helped the team win the 2019 National Championship over the Clemson Tigers in January 2020.

As a freshman, he had 38 tackles with 1.0 tackles for a loss. He also had six interceptions, one fumble recovery, and 15 pass deflections.

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