LSU's Derek Stingley could be three-time All-American with three different coordinators

LSU Athletics photo / LSU junior cornerback Derek Stingley Jr. is attempting to become the second player in Tigers history to be named first-team All-American three times.

Georgia quarterback Jamie Newman, LSU receiver Ja'Marr Chase and Auburn linebacker Chandler Wooten were among the notable Southeastern Conference football players who chose to opt out before the 2020 season due to the outbreak of the coronavirus.

Opting out didn't stop after the opening kickoff, with South Carolina losing starting quarterbacks Jaycee Horn and Israel Mukuamu with a month's worth of games remaining.

If anybody had reason to step aside before or during last season, it was LSU cornerback Derek Stingley Jr., who is often projected as the SEC's top NFL draft pick in 2022. According to the 6-foot-1, 195-pounder from Baton Rouge, opting out of his sophomore season for a 5-5 team and returning fresh as a junior was not something he considered.