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BATON ROUGE – LSU defensive tackle Mekhi Wingo is one of 11 players from the Football Bowl Division (FBS) to be selected for the 2023 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, the American Football Coaches Association announced on Tuesday.

The Allstate AFCA Good Works Team was established in 1992 as a way to recognize college football players for their work in communities. This year’s Allstate AFCA Good Works Team was selected from 136 student-athletes who were nominated from across the country.

“It’s amazing to see what these athletes have done at such a young age,” AFCA Executive Director Todd Berry said. “They balance athletics, schoolwork and community service. This is an outstanding group of men who will continue the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team legacy.”

Wingo, a junior from St. Louis, has been a leader for the Tigers since arriving on campus last year after transferring from Missouri. A member of the SEC Football Leadership Council, Wingo is one of four permanent team captains for the Tigers this year. He was also selected to wear No. 18 for the Tigers, a number given to a player who best represents the traits associated with LSU football and its mission to graduate champions.

Wingo earned third-team All-America honors in 2022 after recording 47 tackles, 6.0 tackles for loss and three sacks for the SEC Western Division Champions. He was also named SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week for his performance in the win over Ole Miss and was selected second-team All-SEC.

Wingo’s list of community involvement during his time at LSU include:

-Served as a host for the Boys & Girls Club on a recent visit to the LSU Football Operations Center.

-Participated in Literacy Fest at McKinley Senior High School where he addressed the students about the importance of academics as well as being a well-rounded person.

-Joined LSU teammates at the Baton Rouge Food Bank in August as they packed nearly 8,000 pounds of water, 32,000 pounds of food – the equivalent of nearly 27,000 meals for the less fortunate in the Baton Rouge area.

-Distributed food for victims at the Domestic Violence Shelter.

-At a community service event at the Citrus Bowl, he befriended a young girl and noticed her shoes were too small. He took it upon himself to find out what size shoes she wore and purchased her a new pair.

-As part of LSU’s football leadership, he helps coordinate visits with sick children and the team. Recently he was part of a group of players who hosted a 9-year-old boy with lymphoblastic lymphoma. Mekhi and his teammates presented the child with an LSU jersey, took pictures with the family and gave him a tour of the football facility.

-Serves as LSU’s representative on the SEC Football Leadership Council. The council travels to the SEC headquarters to meet with the Commissioner and others around the league to discuss their sport and the student-athlete experience.

-He was one of 11 LSU football players to Study Abroad in May. The group traveled to Senegal where they learned about the culture, participated in community service events, and engaged in activities with the youth of Senegal. The 8-day trip is the first of its kind for LSU football players to participate in.

Fans are encouraged to visit ESPN.com/Allstate to vote for the 2023 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team captain now through Nov. 22. Throughout the season, fans can follow along and join in on the conversation by using #GoodWorksTeam on their social media channels.

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Sofaking210 months
One of the tops in the country in snaps played for a defensive lineman. Not bad for a guy most thought would be a back up.
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NSUKSIG10 months
This is quality of player that a team needs. It's just about him, it's about everything else other football.
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wasteland10 months
Great young man! Glad he’s a tiger!
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