A rough season for LSU just got even tougher as it was reported Wednesday that two-time All-American corner Derek Stingley Jr. will have foot surgery that will keep him out for an indefinite amount of time.
Stingley hurt his left foot in preseason camp but played in LSU’s first three games of the season. But he aggravated the injury the week leading up to the Mississippi State game and has since missed the previous two games.
The Advocate reported that Stingley met with a foot specialist last week to get a second opinion and his father, Derek Stingley Sr. said at the time either rehab or surgery would be needed.
“You just have to look at it and play it by ear,” Ed Orgeron said Wednesday on the weekly SEC coaches’ teleconference. “It’s one of these injuries that was nagging. He went to the doctor to have it taken care of. We don’t know when or if he will be back. If not, we have to carry on.”
Stingley came into the season with a chance to join Tommy Casanova as the only three-time All-American in the football program’s history and a favorite to take home the Thorpe Award. Now neither of those seem to be in Stingley’s future.
Stingley is currently ranked as the No. 3 overall prospect by Mel Kiper for the 2022 NFL Draft. Here’s hoping we’ll get to see him wear the purple and gold one final time before he enters the professional ranks.