Derek Stingley Jr.
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Stingley with LSU in 2019
No. 24 – Houston Texans
Position:Cornerback
Personal information
Born: (2001-06-20) June 20, 2001 (age 22)
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S.
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High school:The Dunham School
(Baton Rouge, Louisiana)
College:LSU (2019–2021)
NFL draft:2022 / Round: 1 / Pick: 3
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2023
Total tackles:82
Sacks:1.0
Pass deflections:18
Interceptions:6
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Derek Stingley Jr. (born June 20, 2001) is an American football cornerback for the Houston Texans of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at LSU and was selected third overall by the Texans in the 2022 NFL Draft.

Early years

Stingley Jr. attended The Dunham School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. During his high school career he had 27 career interceptions.[1] As a senior, he was named the Louisiana Gatorade Football Player of the Year.[2] Stingley Jr. was rated as a five-star recruit and was ranked as the top overall player in his class by Rivals.com.[3][4] He committed to Louisiana State University (LSU) to play college football.[5][6][7]

College career

Stingley Jr. entered his freshman year at LSU in 2019 as a starter, helping the team go undefeated and win the College Football National Championship.[8][9] As a freshman, he led the Southeastern Conference (SEC) with six interceptions, 21 passes defended and was a first-team All-SEC selection by the Associated Press (AP).[10] He was also a consensus All-American, earning first-team honors from the AP, American Football Coaches Association, The Sporting News, Sports Illustrated, ESPN, and USA Today.[11] In the following season, Stingley missed three games due to illness and injuries, but still was named to the All-SEC first-team.[12] Following an injury plagued junior season in which he was only able to start in three games, Stingley declared for the 2022 NFL Draft.[13]

College statistics

Season GP Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
Solo Ast Cmb TfL Sck Int Yds Avg TD PD FR FF TD
2019 15 31 7 38 1 0.0 6 17 3.5 0 21 1 0 0
2020 7 19 8 27 2.5 0.0 0 0 0.0 0 5 1 1 0
2021 3 6 2 8 3.5 0.0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 1 0
Career 25 56 17 73 7 0.0 6 17 3.5 0 26 2 2 0

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump
6 ft 0+14 in
(1.84 m)
190 lb
(86 kg)
30+58 in
(0.78 m)
9+58 in
(0.24 m)
4.38 s 1.56 s 2.51 s 4.19 s 7.00 s 38.5 in
(0.98 m)
10 ft 2 in
(3.10 m)
All values from NFL Combine/Pro Day[14][15]

Stingley Jr. was selected in the first round with the third overall pick by the Houston Texans in the 2022 NFL Draft,[16] tying the record set by Shawn Springs and Jeff Okudah for the highest draft selection by a cornerback in NFL history.[17] He entered his rookie season as a starting cornerback opposite Steven Nelson. He had his first career interception on Trevor Lawrence in Week 5 against the Jacksonville Jaguars.[18] On December 17, 2022, Stingley was placed on season–ending injured reserve with a hamstring injury that had kept him from playing since Week 10.[19] He finished the season with 43 tackles, five passes defensed and one interception through nine games.[20]

Stingley entered 2023 as a starting cornerback opposite Steven Nelson. He suffered a hamstring injury in practice and was placed on injured reserve on September 23, 2023.[21] He was activated on November 11.[22] In Week 13, Stingley recorded two interceptions and four pass breakups in a 22–17 win over the Denver Broncos, earning AFC Defensive Player of the Week.[23]

NFL career statistics

Legend
Bold Career high

Regular season

Year Team Games Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
GP GS Cmb Solo Ast TFL Sck Sfty PD Int Yds Avg Lng TD FF FR Yds Avg TD
2022 HOU 9 9 43 35 8 0 1.0 0 5 1 9 9.0 9 0 0 0
2023 HOU 11 11 39 28 11 1 0.0 0 13 5 17 3.4 14 0 0 0
Career 20 20 82 63 19 1 1.0 0 18 6 26 4.3 14 0 0 0 0 0.0 0

Postseason

Year Team Games Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
GP GS Cmb Solo Ast TFL Sck Sfty PD Int Yds Avg Lng TD FF FR Yds Avg TD
2023 HOU 2 2 5 4 1 1 0.0 0 1 0 0 0
Career 2 2 5 4 1 1 0.0 0 1 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0

Personal life

His father, Derek Stingley Sr., played in the Arena Football League while his grandfather, Darryl Stingley, played with the New England Patriots in the National Football League.[24][25]

References

  1. ^ Whelan Jr., Tim (December 12, 2018). "Five-star CB Derek Stingley Jr. has All-American Bowl, LSU in sights". USATodayHSS.com. Retrieved October 11, 2022.
  2. ^ Fambrough, Robin (December 6, 2018). "LSU commitment Derek Stingley Jr. wins state Gatorade award; finalists for national award". The Advocate. Retrieved October 11, 2022.
  3. ^ "Derek Stingley Jr, 2019 Cornerback". Rivals.com. Retrieved August 31, 2022.
  4. ^ "Derek Stingley, LSU Tigers, Cornerback". 247Sports. Retrieved October 11, 2022.
  5. ^ Hamilton, Gerry (June 20, 2018). "CB Stingley staying home with LSU commitment". ESPN.com. Retrieved October 11, 2022.
  6. ^ Guilbeau, Glenn (June 20, 2018). "LSU lands a rare overall No. 1 prospect with commitment of cornerback Derek Stingley, Jr". The Advertiser. Retrieved October 11, 2022.
  7. ^ Kubena, Brooks (January 26, 2019). "'Fast-foward': [sic] Derek Stingley Jr., LSU's newest star defensive back, has always been ahead of the curve". The Advocate. Retrieved October 11, 2022.
  8. ^ Witz, Billy (January 14, 2020). "L.S.U. Wins the Title the Way It Won All Season: Behind Joe Burrow". The New York Times. Retrieved February 4, 2023.
  9. ^ Miller, Brody (October 4, 2019). "Meet Derek Stingley Jr.: A football robot who has exceeded even the highest expectations". The Athletic. Retrieved October 11, 2022.
  10. ^ "LSU dominates SEC awards: Joe Burrow, Ed Orgeron, Derek Stingley Jr. given big honors". The Advocate. Associated Press. December 9, 2019. Retrieved January 16, 2020.
  11. ^ West, Glen (December 21, 2019). "Four LSU Football Players Named FWAA All-Americans". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved January 16, 2020.
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  15. ^ "2022 Draft Scout Derek Stingley Jr., LSU NFL Draft Scout College Football Profile". draftscout.com. Retrieved March 7, 2022.
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  17. ^ Barshop, Sarah (April 29, 2022). "Houston Texans add star CB Derek Stingley Jr. In draft to address struggling secondary". ESPN.com. Retrieved October 11, 2022.
  18. ^ Davis, Coty M. (October 9, 2022). "WATCH: Texans Rookie Derek Stingley Jr. Records First Career Interception". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved July 15, 2023.
  19. ^ "BREAKING: Texans place RB Dameon Pierce, CB Derek Stingley Jr. on IR". battleredblog.com. Retrieved September 28, 2023.
  20. ^ "Derek Stingley Jr. 2022 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved July 15, 2023.
  21. ^ "Houston Texans Transactions (9-23-2023)". HoustonTexans.com. September 23, 2023.
  22. ^ "Houston Texans Transactions (11-11-2023)". HoustonTexans.com. November 11, 2023.
  23. ^ Gordon, Grant (December 6, 2023). "Bengals QB Jake Browning, 49ers WR Deebo Samuel highlight Players of the Week". NFL.com.
  24. ^ Kleinpeter, Jim (August 11, 2018). "Darryl Stingley's story never kept his grandson, LSU commitment Derek Stingley Jr., away from football". The Advocate. Retrieved October 11, 2022.
  25. ^ Halley, Jim (July 3, 2018). "Derek Stingley Jr. carries on family's football tradition". USA TODAY High School Sports. Retrieved October 11, 2022.