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Mississippi State Football: Which Tiger defensive back should the Bulldogs fear most?

LSU’s defensive backfields have earned the name “DBU” for a reason, as Derek Stingley Jr. is the primary face of this year’s edition of Tigers.

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The nation’s top corner, cerebral, lockdown and physical, Derek Stingley Jr. is a generational talent on the defensive side of the ball.

As a true freshman, Stingley proved that he is up for any challenge thrown his way. Stingley stands at 6-foot-1, 195 pounds. He is a pure athlete that will take chances and command the sidelines. Such athleticism eliminates mismatch opportunities, as Osirus Mitchell, Stingley’s likely matchup, will have to use more than his speed and height to have his way.

Stingley posted 38 total tackles, 31 solos, and six interceptions in 2019. He also broke up 21 passes and recovered a fumble. Stingley is only getting better and should add to his already impressive resume in 2020. Given Stingley’s ability to lock down an entire side of the field, the Bulldogs must make the necessary adjustments to come out of Death Valley with a win.

If there is one player on defense the Bulldogs will want to avoid, it is Stingley. He has proven to shine no matter the moment, and the expectations could not be higher. But there is always an opportunity, as the Bulldogs hope to have him accounted for throughout the contest.

Hail State!