Kiffin evaluates Robert Nkemdiche

Defensive line coach Chris Kiffin says the center piece of the Rebels’ recruiting class, end Robert Nkemdiche, had a solid debut performance but can improve significantly if he improves his technique.

Nkemdiche relied too much on his strength instead of trying to gain a position advantage against his blocker or blockers.

“He bull rushes right down the middle of a guy. We’ve got to work with him on that, teach him how to rush half man, play half man in the base block,” Kiffin said. “That’s something we’re already working on.”

Nkemdiche finished with two tackles and a pass deflection.

Kiffin said he could have helped Nkemdiche by getting him off the field in certain situations particularly down on the goalline.

The staff’s challenge in scouting new Vanderbilt quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels, a Wyoming transfer making his first SEC start, made it difficult for Nkemdiche to be as prepared as he could have been, Kiffin said.

“We didn’t have film on that quarterback other than Wyoming, a different offense. You could see that every time he wanted to escape he would escape to his right. That was something had we seen on film we could have alerted Robert about that. He missed two or three sacks just bull rushing, and Austyn Carta-Samuels escaped to his right every time.”

Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to John Davis and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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  • Cid Riley

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      Makes sense. So that’s why you sit on a corner with a tin cup instead of drawing a paycheck.

    • bob

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  • Cid Riley

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    • bob

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  • Cid Riley

    Always the personal attacks…I guess its the rebelbear shark fin way. I suppose if my program, (Northwestern) was involved in a recruiting scandal, I would be defensive, too!

    • bob

      maybe it is a sickness for you. Have you really stopped trying to personally attack people?

    • handy010

      Your program, (MooU) is already on probation. That is why you pull this Northwestern, Clemson crap. For a sad little boy, you are one funny dude!

  • Cid Riley

    I have no recollection of personal attacks upon undeserving persons. Now if somebody sticks a sharp stick in my eye, well then…it’s on, baby!

    • bob

      ah, so you think that it is ok to denigrate 18-21 year old boys BY NAME online even though you have absolutely no evidence to back your claims. So they “deserve” your attacks because they are good football players and play for teams that you don’t like. Well, at least when you do so you prove one thing. You prove exactly what you are.

  • Cid Riley

    Robert, that made no sense whatsoever!!! I may have made suppositions that implicate a certain football program’s recruiting practices, but other than the frat brawl, I don’t recall naming anyone in particular. The frat brawl was reported to me by a nephew of a friend, who was supposed to be a member of the fraternity in question. I do declare!!

    • bob

      I will bypass the “Johnny Two taints” and “Scam Newton” references because there are just so many of them… all I have to say is that you don’t “recall naming anyone in particular”, you either have a very poor memory or are a liar. Here, let’s refresh your memory some more

      Cid Riley • 12 days ago

      Will Kmdechi get suspended for his violence at that frat party? Just the beginning of thuggary at Ole Miss.

      Cid Riley • 8 days ago

      Bo “the
      blister” Wallace…the human turnover machine.


      Those are true personal attacks and even name the names of young men that you accuse without any evidence backing your accusations or any way for them to defend themselves. What cowardly behavior on your part.

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