Ole Miss freshman defensive end Robert Nkemdiche has often been compared with South Carolina star Jadeveon Clowney, an All-American and the SEC’s defensive player of the year last year by the league coaches.
Through three games this season the numbers for Nkemdiche and Clowney are similar. Both have 10 tackles. Nkemdiche has four tackles for loss, Clowney three. Clowney has two sacks, Nkemdiche none. Clowney has three pressures and a forced fumble. Nkemdiche has one pressure and two pass deflections.
Clowney’s season-high for tackles this year is four, which he accomplished against Vanderbilt.
Nkemdiche had three tackles at Texas, five against Southeast Missouri State.
This is comparing a true freshman with a junior who began the season as a Heisman Trophy candidate after finishing sixth in the Heisman voting last year.
Clowney also had strong numbers as a true freshman.
He began his college career with seven tackles against East Carolina. That remains his career high, a figure he’s matched twice since then, both times last season.
Clowney had more sacks in his first three games with two. He had one pressure to Nkemdiche’s two and had one forced fumble.
Like Ole Miss, South Carolina is off today. The Gamecocks play at Central Florida next week.