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Baton Rouge, La.
High School
Dunham School

2022 No. 3 overall pick in NFL Draft (Houston Texans)
2020 First Team All-America (AFCA)
2020 First Team All-SEC (AP, Coaches)
2019 Consensus All-American
2019 First-Team All-American (AFCA, AP, Athletic, CBS, ESPN, SI, Sporting News, USA Today)
2019 Second Team All-American (Walter Camp, FWAA
2019 SEC Newcomer of the Year (AP, unanimous)
2019 First Team All-SEC (AP)
2019 Second Team All-SEC (Coaches)
2019 SEC All-Freshman Team
2019 SEC Freshman of the Week (vs. Florida)

Selected No. 3 overall in the 2022 NFL Draft by the Houston Texans …Joins DE Tyson Jackson (2009) as the highest picked defenders in LSU history … Became the 49th first round draft pick in LSU history … Extended LSU’s streak of consecutive years with at least one first round draft pick to four … Became 10th primary defensive starter on LSU’s 2019 undefeated and national championship team to be drafted.

One of the most talented cornerbacks in LSU history, twice earning first team All-America honors in 2019 and 2020 … Started all 25 games in which he appeared during his LSU career … LSU went 20-5 in those games, including a 15-0 record his true freshman season in 2019 … Finished career with 73 tackles, 7.0 tackles for loss, 6 interceptions and 21 passes defended … Opted for the NFL Draft following the 2021 season, forgoing his final season of eligibility with the Tigers … A likely high first round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft … Two-time first team All-SEC selection at cornerback … Joined Corey Webster (2003, 2004) and Tommy Casanova (1969, 1970, 1971) as the only cornerbacks in LSU history to earn first team All-America honors twice … Led the SEC in interceptions with 6 as a freshman, including 2 in the SEC Championship Game win over Georgia … Switched from No. 24 to No. 7 in 2021, a number worn by some of the best playmakers in LSU history, including recent defensive back All-Americas in Patrick Peterson, Tyrann Mathieu, and Grant Delpit … In 2019, became the most decorated freshmen in LSU football history, earning consensus All-America honors … Made the transition from high school to the elite level of college football with ease … Started all 15 games as cornerback during LSU’s national championship season in 2019 … Led the SEC and ranked No. 5 in the nation in interceptions (6) and No. 2 nationally in passes defended (21) … True shutdown corner that is very difficult to complete a pass on … Draws the assignment of covering the opponents top wide receiver … Rarely has a ball thrown in his direction as he typically eliminates his side of the field from the passing game … Has all of the tools necessary to be an elite cornerback – elite speed with great hips, tremendous hands and vision and a true understanding of the game … Is unique and exceptional in every aspect of his game … Called a “rare breed” by Heisman Trophy quarterback Joe Burrow, the No. 1 overall draft pick in the 2020 NFL Draft … Burrow competed against Stingley everyday in practice in 2019 … Became the first true freshman in LSU history to start every game as a rookie.

Started first three games of the season, playing through injuries … Saw last action as a LSU Tiger in win over Central Michigan as a foot injury sidelined him for the remainder of the year … Recorded 8 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss (-3) and forced a fumble in his abbreviated season … Had 4 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss (-2) and a forced fumble against Central Michigan … Opened season with 2 tackle and a tackle for a 1-yard loss at UCLA … Had a pair of tackles and a tackle for loss against McNeese.

Appeared in seven games, all starts, at cornerback … Named first team All-America by the American Football Coaches Association for the second straight year … Earned first team All-SEC honors from both the AP and the league’s coaches … Recorded 27 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and broke up five passes … Missed season-opener due to illness and sat out the final two games of the season with an injury … Tied career-best with six tackles in win over Vanderbilt in week 2 … Had five tackles, a tackle for a 5-yard loss and forced a fumble against Auburn … Had three tackles and broke up a season-best three passes against Texas A&M … Recovered a fumble to go with four tackles against Alabama.

Arguably the most impactful true freshmen in LSU history and the most decorated rookie in the history of the program … Started all 15 games at cornerback, earning consensus All-America honors in 2019 … Led the SEC and ranked No. 5 nationally in interceptions with six … Led the league and ranked No. 2 in the nation in passes defended with 21 … Registered 38 tackles and a tackle for loss in 15 games … Unanimous SEC Newcomer of the Year by AP … First team All-SEC from the AP … Also serves as LSU’s punt returner … A shutdown corner that thrives in man-to-man coverage … Key part of LSU defense that limited opponents to only one passing touchdown over the last four games of the season … In post-season wins over Georgia in SEC Championship Game, Oklahoma in national semifinals and Clemson in national championship, the Tigers allowed only one passing touchdown … Capped rookie season with two tackles and a fumble recovery in win over Clemson in the national championship game … Impact against Clemson was felt more than in just stat sheet as he was part of an LSU secondary that held Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence without a passing TD for the only time in 2019 and just the second time of his career … LSU also held Lawrence below 50 percent completion percentage (he was 18-of-37 for 48.6 percent) for the first time in his collegiate career, a span of 30 games … Had a pair of tackles in win over Oklahoma in national semifinals … Tied SEC Championship Game record with two interceptions in win over Georgia … Added five tackles and a pass breakup against Georgia … Targeted five times against Texas A&M and allowed two receptions for three yards … Targeted eight times against Arkansas and allowed just two receptions and credited with three pass breakups … Did not allow a reception on two targets at Ole Miss … Gave up just two receptions on 10 targets against No. 9 Auburn … Was not targeted one time at Mississippi State … Against No. 7 Florida, finished with six tackles and intercepted Florida quarterback Kyle Trask in the fourth quarter in the end zone to halt a Gators drive … Named the SEC Freshman of the Week after his performance against the Gators … Intercepted his second pass against Utah State and totaled two tackles and a pass breakup against Utah State … Had his first career interception and finished with a career high three pass breakups at Vanderbilt … Totaled a pair of pass breakups against Northwestern State and returned three punts for 54 yards, including a long of 26 … Locked down his side of the field against Texas with a pair of pass breakups … Became the first true freshman in the last 34 seasons to start on the LSU defense … Returned four punts for 52 yards, including a long of 32 on his first return in the season opener against Georgia Southern … Enrolled at LSU in January of 2019 and participated in spring drills … Emerged from spring as LSU’s starting cornerback … In his first scrimmage in Tiger Stadium during the spring of 2019, intercepted a pass on his first play as a college player in Death Valley.

One of the top recruits to ever sign with the Tigers … A consensus five-star prospect that is thought to be the nation’s top overall player in the 2019 class … Rated as the No. 1 player in the nation by Rivals … Enrolled at LSU in January of 2019 and participated in spring practice where he turned heads on a daily basis … A finalist for the 2018-19 Gatorade National Football Player of the Year … Named Louisiana’s Gatorade Player of the Year for 2018 … Led Dunham to the Louisiana Division-III quarterfinals during his senior campaign, making plays all over the field in all three phases of the game … As a senior, had four interceptions – returning one for a touchdown – to go along with 24 receptions for 678 yards and eight TDs … Rushed for 192 yards and 4 TDs … Helped Dunham High School to back-to-back district titles for the first time in school history as a junior and senior … Intercepted 14 passes over the final 20 games of his high school career … Saw action at safety, cornerback, wide receiver and return specialist … Standout in the classroom as well, earning Academic All-State honors … Earned MVP honors on both offense and district for his district as well as being first team all-district on both sides of the ball … Played in the 2019 Army All-America Bowl.

His dad, Derek, played cornerback in college at Purdue before transferring to Triton College to play baseball … He was picked in the 1993 Major League Baseball Draft by the Phillies … His grandfather, the late Darryl Stingley, was a first round draft pick of the New England Patriots out of Purdue in 1973 … He spent five years with the Patriots before having his career cut short due to a tragic injury suffered during a preseason game against the Oakland Raiders in 1978.

Derek Stingley Jr.’s Career Highs
Tackles: 6, 2x (Last: at Vanderbilt, 2020; First: vs. Florida, 2019)
Tackles for Loss: 1.5 vs. Central Michigan, 2021
Sacks: 0
Interceptions: 2 vs. Georgia, 2019 SEC Championship Game
Fumble Recoveries: 1, 2x (Last: at Auburn, 2020; First: vs. Clemson, 2020 National Championship Game)
Forced Fumbles: 1 2x (Last: vs. Central Michigan, 2021)
Pass Breakups: 3, 4x (Last: at Texas A&M, 2020)
Punt Returns: 4 vs. Georgia Southern, 2019
Punt Return Yards: 92 at Vanderbilt, 2020
Long Punt Return: 48 vs. Vanderbilt, 2020


Derek Stingley


Derek Stingley


Derek Stingley Jr. and Cordale Flott during the first half of a game between LSU and South Carolina at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020.(Photo by: MG Miller / LSU Athletics)

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