By John Davis, Oxford Citizen
Linebacker Denzel Nkemdiche, the leading tackler for the No. 25 Ole Miss Rebels, was listed as questionable for Saturday’s game by head coach Hugh Freeze Wednesday night.
Nkemdiche, who has 53 tackles, with 6.5 going for a loss, was reported to be in a bed located inside the intensive care unit at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi. That information was provided by Neal McCready of Rebel Grove.com, an affiliate of Rivals.com, on Wednesday night.
A representative of the ICU wing would not confirm or deny that Nkemdiche was a patient Thursday morning. That same representative said all information or inquires about Nkemdiche’s health needed to come from his father.
Freeze said Wednesday following practice that Nkemdiche was dealing with a “personal matter that he and his family are going through.”
Freeze then added that they would go through it with the family and that “it was day by day.”
“I don’t know if I have the answer on that,” Freeze said about his playing status.
If Nkemdiche has been in the hospital and out of practice, it’s harder to believe that the senior from Loganville, Georgia would be able to play significant action even if things improved today, Friday and Saturday morning.
Sophomore linebacker Demarquis Gates, who has 48 tackles this year, is almost certainly going to get more reps Saturday against LSU. Freeze also said Ray Ray Smith, Tayler Polk and Temario Strong would be the other options if they need to go in that direction.
Here is Freeze’s entire comments following Wednesday’s practice.