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Freshman O-lineman Kahlil Benson suffers ACL tear

Newcomer will miss upcoming season

Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports

True freshman offensive lineman Kahlil Benson will miss the 2020 season after suffering an ACL tear, IU coach Tom Allen announced.

Benson, considered the No. 44 offensive guard nationally in the 2020 recruiting cycle by 247 Sports, went down with his injury during practice last week. It was unlikely that he would have been a major contributor on game days this fall, but during a year when redshirts are off the table, his size and length would have been a welcome presence on the depth chart.

The 6-foot-6, 332-pound Mississippi native signed with Indiana in February, choosing the Hoosiers over offers from Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Memphis, Kentucky and Southern Mississippi, among others.

“He will be having surgery here soon,” Allen said. “I hate that for him, but he is an awesome young man and we have big plans for him. He is going to be a very good player for us and that has not changed and will not change. We have to get him through all that, help him grow and develop to overcome this adversity.”