Robert Nkemdiche looks back, looks ahead

Robert Nkemdiche thought he could have played better as a freshman, but he’s excited about where he is for his sophomore season.

As the nation’s No. 1 high school recruit Nkemdiche said he felt the bulls-eye on his back right away. He didn’t always respond in the best manner.

He talks about that here as well as other topics like the absence of his suspended brother, Denzel Nkemdiche and the civil lawuit filed against both of them earlier this year.

[youtube]I like it a lot. I can make a lot of plays, and it’s a fun position for me.[/youtube]

It’s not as though 2013 was a bad season for Robert Nkemdiche. He had 32 tackles, seven tackles for loss and three sacks.

He earned freshman All-America honors and made the SEC all-freshman team.

He broke up passes, ran the football on special teams on a fake punt — in his first college game — and as a running back.

He dealt with adversity with an injury that caused him to miss two games, an ejection for shoving an Arkansas player in his first game back from injury and then a position change.

He likes the move from end to tackle and wasn’t surprised by it.

“I like it a lot. I can make a lot of plays, and it’s a fun position for me. I kind of had that thought in my head. I was ready for anything that came my way, anywhere they put me,” he said.

Ole Miss coaches have talked about a player more settled with his understanding of the schemes. That’s one reason they’re expecting big things from Nkemdiche this season.


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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