LSU Football: The plan for Derek Stingley Jr has been delayed

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LSU Football head coach Ed Orgeron said earlier this year that we could see junior cornerback Derek Stingley Jr play on both sides of the ball in 2021.

(Before the 2020 season, Orgeron told WWL that he told Stingley he could play on offense in his third season with the Tigers. Stingley, of course, is entering his third, and likely final, season at LSU.)

In June, Coach O said Stingley might play on offense some during fall camp to get a feel for it.

Stingley, for his part, said at SEC media days last month that whether or not he plays wide receiver this season would be Orgeron’s decision.

So does that mean the stud cornerback is going to finally get his chance at wide receiver?

Well, maybe. But if he does, it’ll be delayed.

Derek Stingley Jr still hasn’t practiced on offense for LSU football this fall

Coach O said on Thursday evening that Stingley was going to start practicing some on offense, but a “minor camp injury” has put a hold on that (via Brody Miller/Twitter).

Orgeron said that once Stingley is “full speed” he might see some action on offense during camp.

At this point, I’m not sure LSU should even bother with trying Stingley on the offensive side of the ball.

I have no doubt that he could probably be one of the best wide receivers in the SEC. I also think he could be a great wide receiver at the next level.

But with the Tigers’ current wide receiver depth (which is ridiculous, by the way), there’s no reason to risk getting Stingley hurt.

Stingley is a shutdown corner in every sense of the word. He’s one of those players that the opposing quarterback finds before every snap. It would almost be irresponsible for LSU to put him on offense and risk losing the best defensive player in the nation.

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The risk of losing Stingley on defense simply isn’t worth the risk of playing him on offense.