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Breaking: LSU Tigers Star Derek Stingley Was Hospitalized

Derek Stingley celebrates an interception.

ATLANTA, GEORGIA - DECEMBER 07: Derek Stingley Jr. #24 of the LSU Tigers celebrates after intercepting a pass in the first half against the Georgia Bulldogs during the SEC Championship game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 07, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Later this afternoon, the LSU Tigers are set to take the field for their first game of the 2020 season against the Mississippi State Bulldogs.

Unfortunately for the Tigers, the team will be without one of its best players. On ESPN's College GameDay this morning, Rece Davis read a statement from LSU.

Star corner Derek Stingley Jr. was taken to the hospital after becoming "acutely ill." As a result, he'll miss the first game of the season against the Bulldogs.

"Derek Stingley Jr. became acutely ill last night and was evaluated overnight in the hospital," LSU said in a statement. "His condition is not COVID-19 related and he is expected to be discharged soon. He will return to activity after full evaluation by the medical team."

In his true freshman season, Stingley turned heads as he became one of the best defensive backs in college football.

He helped the LSU defense shut down some of the best quarterbacks across the country. That included the national title game when LSU held Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence without a passing TD for the only time in 2019 and just the second time of his career.

Although he's not draft eligible, Stingley is viewed as a first-round pick by the NFL. He likely would have been a first-round pick after his incredible true freshman season - if he were eligible, of course.