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Will Campbell to wear No. 7; Mekhi Wingo awarded coveted No. 18 for LSU football

10 months 3 weeks 4 days ago Saturday, August 26 2023 Aug 26, 2023 August 26, 2023 3:48 PM August 26, 2023 in Sports
Source: WBRZ

BATON ROUGE – Defensive tackle Mekhi Wingo will wear the coveted No. 18 for LSU and offensive tackle Will Campbell has been awarded the No. 7, head coach Brian Kelly announced on Saturday.

Kelly presented the stud linemen the No. 18 and No. 7 jerseys on the field in Tiger Stadium following Saturday’s practice.

“The number 18 has great historical significance with our program,” Kelly said. “It’s a number that has national championship significance with Matt Mauck wearing it in 2003 and leading LSU to its first national title since 1958. He passed it on to Jacob Hester who won a national championship in 2007.

“It’s worn by a player who represents the traits and spirit associated with a successful program and that’s Mekhi.”

After transferring from Missouri prior to the 2022 season, Wingo quickly established himself as a leader for the Tigers on and off the field. Last year, he earned third-team AP All-America honors as well as being a member of the SEC Football Leadership Council and a nominee for the AFCA Good Works Team.

He also was one of three players to represent LSU at SEC Football Media Days in July. In May, Wingo was one of 11 LSU players who traveled to Africa as part of the program’s first Study Abroad initiative.

Campbell, a native of Monroe, was a day 1 starter on the offensive line for the Tigers in 2022 as a freshman, becoming the first true freshman in school history to be the everyday starter left tackle. He capped his rookie season earning second-team All-SEC honors as well as being a Freshman All-America.

“The (number) 7 has an interesting history that starts with Patrick Peterson,” Kelly said when presenting Campbell his jersey. “He was an outstanding player. Prolific playmakers have worn (number) 7. I wanted to take a spin and make it about Louisiana. That’s my spin. This year we wanted to highlight the group that doesn’t get much notoriety. We went with Louisiana bred Will Campbell. I like the significance of the left tackle because he is a playmaker who must protect the quarterback every play.”
Campbell thanked Kelly, the staff and his teammates after being presented his No. 7 jersey.

As an offensive lineman, the rules of college football prevent Campbell from actually wearing the No. 7 jersey so instead his No. 66 jersey will be accompanied by a No. 7 patch.

LSU’s No. 18 (since tradition started in 2003)
Matt Mauck (2003)
Jacob Hester (2004-07)
Richard Dickson (2008-09)
Richard Murphy (2010)
Brandon Taylor (2011)
Bennie Logan (2012)
Lamin Barrow (2013)
Terrence Magee (2014)
Tre’Davious White (2015-16)
Christian LaCouture (2017)
John David Moore (2017)
Foster Moreau (2018)
K’Lavon Chaisson (2019)
Lloyd Cushenberry III (2019)
Chris Curry (2020)
Damone Clark (2020-21)
BJ Ojulari (2022)
Mekhi Wingo (2023)

LSU No. 7 (since tradition started in 2008)
Patrick Peterson (2008-10)
Tyrann Mathieu (2011)
Leonard Fournette (2014-16)
DJ Chark (2017)
Grant Delpit (2019)
Ja’Marr Chase (2020)
Derek Stingley Jr. (2021)
Kayshon Boutte (2022)
Will Campbell (2023)

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