Mekhi Becton is one of the greatest offensive linemen to have ever worn a Louisville uniform. I don’t think that’s hyperbole either. This year he had numerous highlights of him just throwing defenders around and pancaking guys left and right.
Becton was the anchor and leader of the offensive line unit or the Band of Brothers as OC/OL Coach Dwayne Ledford called them. The line blocked so much better than it did last year, especially in the run game, and Becton was a huge reason why. Primarily running behind Becton, Javian Hawkins became UofL’s first thousand yard running back since Bilal Powell and broke Victor Anderson’s freshman rushing record with 1420 yards. The Louisville rushing attack as a whole averaged 215 yards a game during the season and 214.4 yards a game in ACC play.
Becton’s work in the trenches has earned the 2019 Jacobs Blocking Trophy. The award has been presented annually since 1953 to the best blocker as determined by ACC head coaches and defensive coordinators.
Becton became Louisville’s first winner since the school joined the ACC. The previous winner was Clemson offensive tackle Mitch Hyatt, who won the award both in 2017 and 2018. He is now in the NFL playing for the Dallas Cowboys.
Congrats to the Big Ticket on the well deserved honor. To learn more about Becton, the award, and when it will be presented click the blue link in the tweet below.
Just Announced: Mekhi Becton has been named the recipient of the 2019 Jacobs Blocking Trophy!
— Louisville Football (@UofLFootball) December 2, 2019