OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi senior linebacker Denzel Nkemdiche has been in the hospital this week for an undisclosed reason. Nkemdiche’s father Dr. Sunday Nkemdiche confirmed to The Associated Press via text message that Nkemdiche has been in the hospital in Oxford. He says his son is expected to be released on Thursday. Ole Miss […]
OXFORD, Mississippi (AP) — Oxford police chief Joey East says Mississippi linebackers Denzel Nkemdiche and Serderius Bryant were arrested in separate incidents over the past weekend. East says Nkemdiche was charged with disorderly conduct and disturbing the peace around midnight on Saturday. Bryant was charged with public drunkenness and disturbing the peace early Sunday. All […]
OXFORD, Mississippi (AP) — When highly-regarded recruit Robert Nkemdiche joined his brother Denzel at Ole Miss , the two had plans of forming the core of the Rebels’ defense. Because of injuries, that hasn’t happened yet. But both are expected to be on the field Saturday, when Ole Miss (5-3, 2-3 Southeastern Conference) hosts Arkansas […]
Mississippi’s celebrated freshman class won’t be standing on the sidelines for long.
Second-year coach Hugh Freeze said the team’s most highly rated recruits – like defensive end Robert Nkemdiche, receiver Laquon Treadwell and offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil – have played well during the first two weeks of preseason camp and will contribute immediately when the Rebels open the season against Vanderbilt on Aug. 29.
The trio of five-star prospects will be surrounded by other young faces. Freeze expects around 10 freshmen to make their debut against the Commodores.
Freeze said it’s “certainly a challenge” to make sure all the freshmen are ready to contribute. He said the coaching staff is trying to make sure it doesn’t ask the young players to do too much.
Most of the recent news about Mississippi’s football program relates to the surprising and star-studded recruiting class Hugh Freeze landed in February.
The second-year coach is excited about bringing in that new talent. But for the next month, he’s focused on improving what he already has on the roster as the Rebels go through spring practice.
Defensive end C.J. Johnson lived through Mississippi’s nightmare football season in 2011, so he wasn’t complaining that last weekend’s 49-27 season-opening victory over Central Arkansas wasn’t a masterpiece.
Central Arkansas couldn’t have scripted a much better first half during Saturday’s game against Mississippi.
The second half was exactly the opposite.
And the end result was a 49-27 loss at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium that left Central Arkansas coach Clint Conque disappointed after a missed opportunity.