Will Derek Stingley play WR for LSU this spring? 'It's up to him,' Ed Orgeron says

Tigers CB is projected to be a top pick in 2022 NFL draft
Derek Stingley Jr.
Derek Stingley Jr. (24) attempts to reel in a ball during LSU's spring game. Photo credit © Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Derek Stingley Jr. earned All-American honors at cornerback as a true freshman, but in Year 3 he could be catching passes instead of defending them for LSU football.

LSU coach Ed Orgeron said his star defensive back will likely get snaps at wide receiver in the spring, but it remains "up in the air" how much action he'll see.

"That's up to him. We've discussed that. He may try a little offense in fall camp, see how it works," Orgeron said in an exclusive interview on SportsTalk with Bobby Hebert and Kristian Garic.

"Obviously we’d like to use him but that’s totally up to him. I gave him that opportunity and him and his daddy agreed. He’s spent two years playing corner. He’s ready."

Stingley, who will wear the vaunted No. 7 this season, has already flashed his athleticism as a punt returner in his first two years with the Tigers. His father, Derek Sr., played in the Arena Football League and his father, Darryl, played five seasons as a wide receiver for the New England Patriots before an injury that ended his career.

Stingley's dominance on the outside as a freshman was tempered a bit in Year 2, as the Dunham School alum failed to record an interception along a struggling secondary after logging six as a true freshman. Even if he sees action as a pass-catcher, Stingley's future almost certainly remains on defense where he's projected to be a top-10 selection in the 2022 NFL draft.

Click here for the full interview with Orgeron on SportsTalk.

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