Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

For Immediate Release - May 11, 2021


BATON ROUGE – LSU’s two-time All-America cornerback Derek Stingley Jr. will wear No. 7 for the Tigers in 2021, head coach Ed Orgeron announced on Tuesday.

A relatively new tradition at LSU, the No. 7 jersey has become associated with a player who is a dynamic playmaker while also displaying all of the qualities necessary to build championship teams around. Some past wearers of the No. 7 jersey for LSU include cornerback Patrick Peterson, defensive back Tyrann Mathieu, running back Leonard Fournette and wide receiver DJ Chark.

“It’s an honor to be part of the legacy of players that have worn the number 7 jersey,” Stingley said. “I’m looking forward to upholding the tradition and the standard of play that has been set by the group that has come before me.”

Last year, JaCoby Stevens wore the No. 7 LSU jersey.

“Derek is very deserving of following in the footsteps of some of the great players in LSU history in wearing the No. 7 jersey,” LSU coach Ed Orgeron said. “Derek is an outstanding young man from right here in Baton Rouge who represents our program with tremendous character and a desire to make all of those around him better.

“He inspires his teammates to achieve great things on and off the field. He’s most deserving of wearing the No. 7 jersey in 2021 for the LSU Tigers. I know he will wear it with pride and will represent it well.”

In two years with the Tigers, Stingley has made his mark as the nation’s top cover cornerback. A player with elite ball skills and coverage ability, Stingley led the SEC in interceptions as a true freshman in 2019 with six. He intercepted two passes in LSU’s SEC Championship Game win over Georgia, a victory that clinched a perfect 13-0 regular season for the Tigers and a berth in the College Football Playoffs.

Stingley, a Baton Rouge native and another in a long list of great Louisiana high school players that have called LSU home, became the first true freshman in LSU history to start every game of his rookie season.

Twice named first team All-SEC as a defensive back, Stingley has appeared in 22 games for the Tigers, registering 65 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss and six interceptions. He’s also recorded 26 pass breakups, recovered two fumbles and forced another.

In addition to his prowess on the defensive side of the ball, Stingley has become a threat as LSU’s punt returner for the past two years. On 23 punt returns, the sure-handed Stingley is averaging 11.3 yards a return.

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2003tigerfan35 months
Top 5 draft pick
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LSUFreek35 months
There’s a lot of prestige that comes with the number, and it’s recognized nationally by scouts: “If you are awarded the number 7 at LSU, you are not only talented, but viewed as a leader by your teammates.” GM’s & Scouts view it as a major plus on a prospect’s resume’.
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conman35 months
Stingley will have a great year this year. Congratulations
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HoustonGumbeauxGuy35 months
he deserved it as a true freshman
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HC8735 months
As he should. Rep it!
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Geaux Guy35 months
Hopefully he can bring back the #7 magic
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nol1wph35 months
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root canal35 months
I don’t care what number he wears. I’m a 45-year-old man and what number these guys wear makes no difference to me. I do want him to get five or more interceptions this year and I think he can do it!
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emanresu35 months
Who gives a shite what number is on the jersey. This is some grade school level discussion. Next level s discuss who gets to be first on the lunch line.
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NamariTiger35 months
Ya momma
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Springlake Tiger35 months
Two time all American? Freshman year of college and senior year of high school?
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PAtiger2135 months
I was thinking the same thing
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Solo Cam35 months
You’re gonna get downvoted but you’re right,
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BayouSupaChamp35 months
Umm he will be a junior this year. I can’t believe I’m having to say this
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