LSU’s Mekhi Wingo earns spot on 2022 AP All-America third team

LSU defensive linemen Mehki Wingo (92) was selected to the 2022 AP All-America third team. PHOTO BY: Jonathan Mailhes

LSU defensive tackle Mehki Wingo has been selected third-team All-America by the Associated Press, the organization announced on Monday.

Wingo, a St. Louis native in his first year at LSU after transferring from Missouri, registered 44 tackles, 4.0 tackles for loss and a pair of sacks in 13 games. He broke up four passes, had four QB hurries and was responsible for creating three turnovers.

Wingo started LSU’s final 12 games, moving into the lineup when sophomore Maason Smith was lost for the season in the first quarter of the season-opener against Florida State. He played more than 700 snaps for a defense that rated among the best in the SEC.

A Freshman All-SEC selection last year at Missouri, Wingo earned second-team All-SEC honors in 2022 as he helped lead LSU to a 9-4 overall mark and the SEC Western Division crown.

Wingo was named the SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week for his performance in LSU’s 45-20 win over No. 7 Ole Miss with seven tackles and 1.5 sacks for 18 yards in losses. He also forced a fumble, batted down two passes and added a quarterback hurry as the Tigers limited the Rebels to 116 rushing yards and only three points over the final three quarters of the game.

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