Derek Stingley Jr. will miss LSU game after being in hospital


LSU will be without one of its top players Saturday after cornerback Derek Stingley Jr. was hospitalized Friday night.

ESPN’s College Gameday reported that the preseason All-SEC selection will be out for the Tigers’ season opener against the Mississippi State Bulldogs which is set to kick off at 2:30 p.m. The school released a statement confirming Stingley’s illness.

“Derek Stingley Jr. became acutely ill last night and was evaluated overnight in the hospital,” the school announced 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.”

The consensus All-American was one of LSU’s top returning starters after a stellar freshman season where he logged six interceptions.

If Stingley is unable to play the Tigers will rely on their young cornerbacks, sophomore Cordale Flott and freshman Elias Ricks.