As we head into the middle of the season, teams are starting to get bit by the injury bug. One of those teams is coming to Lexington this weekend in the LSU Tigers.
News broke today about injuries sustained to several key players for the Tigers, especially in the secondary.
The biggest news was that All-American cornerback Derek Stingley Jr. will be out indefinitely after having a procedure done on his foot earlier this week. According to head coach Ed Orgeron, there is no timetable for his return, so he obviously won’t play vs. the Kentucky Wildcats this week.
Stingley has been widely viewed as someone who should be among the first players off the board in the 2022 NFL Draft.
Almost immediately after announcing Stingley’s absence, Orgeron also let the media know that starting safety Major Burns will also miss the game against UK this weekend after suffering a foot injury against Auburn.
The Georgia transfer has played well for the Tigers this season, recording 25 tackles, two pass deflections and one interception through fives games.
Even though the LSU secondary is still littered with talent, this is obviously a big hit to the unit as a whole.
There has also been other names that surfaced in the last few days, after several players missed the open part of the Tigers practice on Tuesday. The biggest name of the group is wide-out Kayshon Boutte.
Wilson Alexander of The Advocate was the first to report the news regarding the other starters absence. He also noted that that players sometimes come to practice after the open portion ends, so it might just be a coincidence as well.
LSU practice report: Kayshon Boutte, Major Burns, Trey Palmer and Joseph Evans absent during open period https://t.co/zVds9y0Qqd— Wilson Alexander (@whalexander_) October 5, 2021
Offensively, LSU struggles to run the ball, which has turned this offense into the Max Johnson and Kayshon Boutte show. The former 5-star recruit currently has 30 catches on the season for 436 yards and nine touchdowns, which is tired for the most in the country.