Clowney, Nkemdiche comparison

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.

Robert Nkemdiche

Robert Nkemdiche

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.

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

    I have seen ‘Dechi out of position and over pursue plays, but I have never seen him take plays off…I have seen Clowney do the same and take plays off…’Dechi has more potential. Clowney has reached his ceiling..

    • Killer_Beeze

      If you’re going to abbreviate his name at least spell it correctly:
      ‘Diche…although I have never seen anyone call him by that. Must be love huh?
      The coaches are aware of RN being out-of-position. My goodness Cidley he’s just a freshman and can’t possibly know the whole playbook/grand scheme of things in 3 games.
      But, you are el correcto…his motor is always running AND he will continue to get better…just like big bro.

    • JB

      Cid, your Alma Mater moving on:

      (18) Northwestern 35

      (4-0, 3-0 home)

  • Armyguy007

    Both Clowney and Nkemdiche are great players and can both rush the QB. I still see Clowney as a true pass rusher. I think Nkemdiche is an overall better player because he can do more than just rush the QB. He is big enough to stop the run and even play anywhere on the DL and even LB. Clowney can do some of that too, but not like Nkemdiche. Nkemdiche is built like a brick house and is ungodly strong.

  • Cid Riley

    Hey JB, that’s tough news about Driskel.. Gators offense may get worse?

    • JB

      Yep Jeff Driskel out for rest of season, but Tyler Murphy should be able to fill in. Gator Offense bad,bad, The Defense is one of the nations best, but they cannot go it alone.

  • Cid Riley

    Yes sir JB! The ‘Cats host the Buckeyes this Saturday and they’ll be 14 point favorites…Coach Fitz may get a huge win…the Cats can run the ball.

    • JB

      Cid I’m with you all the way , beat the Buckeyes and Urban Meyer.


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