Mississippi State’s defensive front will get a bit of a break in the Music City Bowl. One of Louisville’s best offensive lineman is reportedly sitting out the game ahead of the NFL Draft.

Bruce Feldman of The Athletic and Fox Sports reported: “Enormous Louisville OT Mekhi Becton will skip his senior season to enter the 2020 NFL draft and he will not play in the Music City Bowl vs Mississippi State. The 20-year-old 6-7, 360-pounder really blossomed under new Cards O-line coach Dwayne Ledford this season.”

Earlier this season, Becton won the 2019 Jacobs Blocking Trophy, which is given to the ACC’s most outstanding blocker.

Becton also explained his decision on Twitter.

“After long discussions and praying with my family, I will be foregoing my senior year to enter the 2020 NFL Draft,” Becton said in his announcement. “I’ve decided the best decision for me personally is to not play in the Music City Bowl, and begin preparations for the next chapter of my life.”

Becton was named a Freshman All-American by 247Sports in 2017. This season, he helped Louisville rush for 2,573 yards. He also graded better than 80 percent in eight games and collected more than 60 knockdown blocks.