Freshman offensive lineman Kahlil Benson will have to wait until the 2021 season to get his Indiana career started.

On Tuesday, head coach Tom Allen announced that Benson sustained an ACL tear and will miss the 2020 season. It’s a blow to IU’s offensive line depth in a season where having a deep roster will really pay off for teams across the B1G.

Benson is a 6-foot-6, 332-pound freshman out of Southaven, Mississippi. He was expected to carve out a role pretty quickly in his career with the Hoosiers, but his first game action will have to wait at least another year.

The news comes less than two weeks before the Hoosiers are scheduled to host Penn State in the season opener in Bloomington. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. ET (FS1).

Benson was a 3-star member of Indiana’s 2020 recruiting class. He ranked as the No. 46 offensive guard in the cycle and was the No. 23 player out of the state of Mississippi.

It’s the second big loss for the Hoosiers during fall camp. Indiana also lost the services of Marcelino Ball for the 2020 season, who also suffered an ACL injury. The senior was playing the husky position for IU’s defense.