Perkins and Wingo on Watch List for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy

Harold Perkins, LSU superstar linebacker
Sophomore linebacker Harold Perkins Jr. and the LSU Tigers are ranked No. 5 in The Associated Press' top 25 preseason rankings. PHOTO BY: Jonathan Mailhes

BATON ROUGE – A pair of LSU defensive standouts in Harold Perkins and Mekhi Wingo have been named to the watch list for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, the Football Writers Association of America announced on Tuesday.

The Bronko Nagurski Trophy is presented annually to the nation’s most outstanding defensive player. Former Tiger All-America Glenn Dorsey won the award in 2007.

Wingo, a junior defensive tackle from St. Louis, is appearing on a preseason watch list for the second time as he’s also been named to the Outland Trophy list.

In his first year at LSU in 2022, Wingo anchored the defensive front, recording 47 tackles, 6.0 tackles for loss and three sacks. He was named SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week after his 7-tackle, 1.5-sack performance in the win over Ole Miss.

Wingo later went on to earn third-team All-America honors from the Associated Press and was selected second-team All-SEC.

Perkins, a sophomore linebacker from New Orleans, proved to be a game-wreaker for the Tigers last year as a true freshman. Perkins was twice named SEC Defensive Player of the Week for his play in wins over Alabama and Arkansas and earned SEC Freshman of the Week honors against Ole Miss.

In the 13-10 win over Arkansas, Perkins recorded three sacks resulting in 27-yards in losses and forced two fumbles as he was named the Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week for his performance.

He capped his rookie season with 72 tackles, 13.0 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks. He added 14 quarterback hurries, four forced fumbles and an interception on his way to earning first-team All-SEC honors. He was also named Freshman All-America by the Football Writers Association of America.

The Nagurski Trophy is the third of 16 national award watch lists that will be announced over the next two weeks.

Award                                  Date                                      LSU Players on List

Maxwell                               July 31                                  QB Jayden Daniels, WR Malik Nabers

Outland                                Aug. 1                                   OT Will Campbell, OT Emery Jones, DT Mekhi Wingo     

Bronko Nagurski              Aug. 1                                   LB Harold Perkins, DT Mekhi Wingo

Lou Groza                           Aug. 2                                  

Ray Guy                               Aug. 2                                  

Wuerffel                               Aug. 3

Paul Hornung                    Aug. 3

Mackey                                 Aug. 4

Rimington                           Aug. 4

Dick Butkus                        Aug. 7

Jim Thorpe                          Aug. 7

Davey O’Brien                   Aug. 8                                  

Doak Walker                      Aug. 9

Biletnikoff                            Aug. 10

Walter Camp                      Aug. 11

Bednarik                              Aug. 14

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