The Texas A&M offense received a break this week when N.C. State’s leading tackler announced he wouldn’t play in the upcoming Gator Bowl because he will begin to prepare for the NFL Draft.

LB Germaine Pratt has a team-high 104 tackles, more than 30 more than his closest teammate. He also has a team-high 10.5 tackles for a loss, and is tied for the team lead with six sacks. He’s done all that even after missing one game.

Pratt posted a photo on his Instagram page of him with agent Erik Burkhardt appearing to have signed a contract, and a school official confirmed that Pratt won’t play in the Gator Bowl, Inside Pack Sports reported.

State beat North Carolina in the game that Pratt missed, but his absence leaves a considerable void on the defense. Pratt was a consensus first-team All-ACC selection, and is second in the ACC with 9.45 tackles per game.

The Wolfpack will also be without WR Kelvin Harmon, another All-ACC player who won’t participate in the Gator Bowl.

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