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Robert Nkemdiche | Defensive End

Team: Mississippi Rebels
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 297

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Scout Inc.'s Steve Muench and Kevin Weidl note that Ole Miss sophomore DL Robert Nkemdiche "hasn't lived up to the lofty expectations attached to him coming out of high school."
Nkemdiche, of course, was the top overall recruit in 2013. "Listed at 6-4 and 280 pounds, he can get pushed around working against much bigger interior offensive linemen," they wrote. "He has the explosive first step, upper-body strength and length to overcome his size when he keeps his pads down." We think Nkemdiche is miscast when the Rebels line him up inside. As an outside rusher in a 3-4 alignment, or as a 4-3 end, however? He could be a consistent terror. Dec 20 - 1:22 AM

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Ole Miss D-line coach Chris Kiffin believes that sophomore DL Robert Nkemdiche and Ndamukong Suh share some similarities between "their athleticism" and "in terms of their explosiveness and brute strength."

"Kiffin sees some similarities between the athleticism of Nkemdiche and Suh in terms of their explosiveness and brute strength. Kiffin brings up a play from the Rebels’ win over Alabama two weeks ago where Nkemdiche freight-trains a 300-plus-pound Crimson Tide guard on the way to the QB," Feldman wrote. Coaach Kiffin was a part of the Ole Miss staff under Ed Orgeron when they had SEC star DE Greg Hardy, and then Kiffin was a Nebraska staffer when they had All-American Ndamukong Suh.
Source: Fox Sports
Oct 13 - 4:04 PM

ESPN's Steve Muench believes Ole Miss sophomore DL Robert Nkemdiche "has the foot speed and agility to play left end in a base four-man front much like Cincinnati Bengal Carlos Dunlap."

"His above-average blend of size and athletic ability makes him tough to block one-on-one, and the attention he draws creates opportunities for his teammates," Muench wrote. "Listed at 6-foot-4 and 280 pounds, he is strong enough to anchor against bigger offensive linemen and has enough quickness to disrupt plays in the backfield when he lines up at defensive tackle in the Rebels' four-man fronts. Nkemdiche also has the potential to develop into an effective interior pass-rusher given flashes of explosive power and active hands." Nkemdiche is a little miscast as a defensive tackle, due to his skinny frame and his propensity to come high out of his stance from time to time. He's looked good as a rush end in 3-4 packages, and would also be an ideal NFL 4-3 DE.
Oct 9 - 9:57 PM

Ole Miss sophomore DL Robert Nkemdiche believes he will have a breakout season this fall.

"I can play without my head spinning," Nkemdiche said. "Everything is so calm and easy for me to pick up, and that's why I'm going to have a really big year. ... I'm going to have a huge year this year, man -- I know it." The former No. 1 recruit, 6-foot-4 and 280 pounds, underachieved while struggling with injuries during his true freshman campaign. Nobody expects those struggles to persist. "His sheer size, and he's so big and fast and agile," safety Cody Prewitt said. "You don't see very many guys like that, and I'm glad he's on our side." Added LT Laremy Tunsil, a fellow five-star 2013 recruit: "When I say he bull-rushed me, oh man. I felt all 310 [pounds] just coming at me, full of muscle, six-pack and everything. I was like, 'I see why he's No. 1.' I've never seen somebody so explosive coming off the ball in my life."
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 17 - 1:38 PM

ESPN's Kevin Weidl notes that Ole Miss sophomore DL Robert Nkemdiche "flashes some impressive feet considering his size."

"Just your typical 6'5, 295 lbs running back," Weidl deadpanned. This isn't the first time this offseason we've heard somebody gush about Nkemdiche's freaky athleticism and frame. In July, senior DE CJ Johnson exclaimed: "I ain't never seen anybody 295 lbs with abs like he's 125 lbs." The former top recruit has lined up on the edge, but we wouldn't be surprised if he's eventually moved inside.
Aug 7 - 7:22 PM

When discussing Ole Miss sophomore DL Robert Nkemdiche, senior DE CJ Johnson said "I ain't never seen anybody 295 lbs with abs like he's 125 lbs."

Nkemdiche had previously been listed around 297 lbs, but he could be a much leaner and stronger player this year. The former top recruit has lined up on the edge, but because of his strength to work through opponents, Nkemdiche's future could be as a disruptor on the inside.
Jul 17 - 12:35 PM

Ole Miss sophomore DL Robert Nkemdiche and senior LB Denzel Nkemdiche have been sued for $2 million after allegedly beating a man at a frat party last year.

Plaintiff Matthew Baird claims that Denzel Nkemdiche punched him without warning from behind. While unconscious, according to Baird, he was stomped by Robert and five other unnamed people. "When this alleged incident occurred, the proper authorities investigated the matter and could find no evidence of wrong-doing related to Denzel and Robert Nkemdiche or any other members of our football program," said Ole Miss athletic director Ross Bjork. "This is a personal matter for them and we will support Denzel and Robert while they defend themselves in this civil case." Denzel Nkemdiche is already serving an indefinite suspension stemming from his arrest this past Saturday at his 21st birthday party. He was charged with disturbing the peace, disorderly conduct and failure to comply with a police officer.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 19 - 12:16 PM

Ole Miss freshman DL Robert Nkemdiche (hamstring) will return to the field on Saturday against Arkansas.

The country's No. 1 recruit last year has missed the last two games -- against Idaho and LSU -- with a stretched hamstring, an injury he sustained while chasing around Johnny Manziel on Oct. 12. "[Nkemdiche's conditioning] will be something we will watch closely," Freeze said. "The snaps these other guys have had, I don't think he has to play an enormous amount of snaps in the game, but if he can be really effective in the snaps he does play, that's going to pay dividends for us."
Source: Sun Herald
Mon, Nov 4, 2013 08:56:00 PM

Ole Miss freshman DL Robert Nkemdiche will miss Saturday's game against Idaho while recovering from a hamstring injury.

This is the second game Nkemdiche has been sidelined for, missing last week's tight contest against LSU after injuring his hamstring against Texas A&M. Nkemdiche has looked promising when in games, showing a power rush style from his defensive end and interior line spots.
Source: SB Nation
Sat, Oct 26, 2013 08:45:00 AM

Ole Miss freshman DL Robert Nkemdiche will miss at least three games with a hamstring injury.

The injury took place against Texas A&M last weekend. Head coach Hugh Freeze hesitantly put a target date of November 16, meaning the top freshman recruit will likely miss games against LSU, Idaho and Arkansas. Nkemdiche has started all six games this season, registering four tackles for loss.
Source: Sun Herald
Tue, Oct 15, 2013 10:00:00 AM

Ole Miss freshman DE Robert Nkemdiche is "already making noise" with the Rebels.

"For Nkemdiche, his first weekend of practice with the Rebels appeared to be a success," ESPN's Edward Aschoff writes. "It's early, and players really are just going through the motions at this point, but from a physical standpoint, Ole Miss' staff was very, very impressed with what it saw from the youngster." Head coach Hugh Freeze added Nkemdiche is physically gifted enough to play immediately, but learning and reacting to defensive assignments is the next step in development.
Source: ESPN
Tue, Aug 6, 2013 10:29:00 AM