During Ed Orgeron’s weekly meeting with reporters, the LSU head football coach provided updates on the health of sophomore corner Derek Stingley Jr. and senior wide receiver Racey McMath.
Stingley appeared to take a knee to head returning a punt midway through the third quarter of LSU’s 27-24 win over Arkansas. Stingley attended Monday’s practice but wore a gold non-contact jersey.
“He’s not totally cleared to play yet,” Orgeron said. “But it looks like he’s going to be fine.”
Stingley’s injury took a toll on the LSU secondary. The Tigers entered the game without safeties Jordan Toles and Mo Hampton Jr., and then freshman corner Elias Ricks because of an ejection due to a targeting call.
Arkansas quarterback Feleipe Franks was able to exploit the depleted LSU secondary, completing passes for 29, 50, 50, 51 and 65 yards. Franks ended the day with 339 passing yards. Having Stingley and Ricks back on the field will be a welcome sight for the LSU defense, who travel to College Station to take on the No. 5 ranked Texas A&M Aggies Saturday night.
While it appears Stingley will be back, the same can’t be said about senior wide receiver Racey McMath. McMath left the game in the third quarter of Saturday’s game, after injuring his left leg.
“Racey’s out,” Orgeron said. “He’s very doubtful for the game.”
McMath has started all six games for LSU this season. He’s fifth in receiving in both catches, 14, and yards, 195 and caught the first receiving touchdown of his career Saturday early in the second quarter.
It remains to be seen who will start alongside Terrace Marshall and Jaray Jenkins, but Orgeron said “we have a lot of choices.” Freshmen Kayshon Boutte and Koy Moore, sophomore Trey Palmer, and senior Jontre Kirklin have all contributed this season and Orgeron said any one of those four could be a starter Saturday.