Derek Stingley Jr. vows to prove critics wrong: 'They're going to see'
Derek Stingley Jr. is ready to join the Houston Texans, and after the former LSU cornerback was drafted No. 3 overall on Thursday night, he reflected on the move.
Stingley impressed talent evaluators with a sensational freshman season, but questions and injuries have surfaced since then to motivate Stingley to prove critics wrong.
“For some reason people don’t think I love football,” Stingley said. “People are going to say whatever, but at the next level, they’re going to see. Pressure in my mind, you only feel pressure when you think you’re not prepared. I know that I do things, just about every day to prepare me for this. So I’m good, I feel good. There’s a lot more than just me that I’m playing for, so going out there, I’m thinking about that, so going out there, I’m going to make them proud.”
Stingley had 6 interceptions and broke up 15 passes as a freshman in 2019 to earn All-America honors, but has played just 10 games in the last 2 seasons because of injuries. He played just 3 games last season before he had foot surgery.
Stingley said his first thought after he learned the news of the draft pick was he’s ready to go to work.
“I’m going to give them my all, every play, 100 percent,” he said. “Just like I’ve been doing, I’m going to put the work in.”
— LSU Football (@LSUfootball) April 29, 2022