Hugh Freeze says Robert Nkemdiche is ‘daunting’ with ball in his hands

Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze prepares his team. (Doug Pensinger/ Getty Images)

Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze prepares his team. (Doug Pensinger/ Getty Images)

Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze spoke with reporters during the weekly SEC teleconference on Wednesday and covered a myriad of topics.

Eventually, the conversation shifted to Robert Nkemdiche, one of the Rebels’ top defensive players, who scored his first career touchdown this weekend on a screen pass.

When asked what kind of athlete the defensive lineman was, Freeze responded: “He can run. If you want to put him in a 20-yard sprint, 30-yard sprint he’s pretty good. I don’t know how good he would be after that, but he looked pretty daunting running down the sideline.”

Nkemdiche was the nation’s No. 1 overall player coming out of Grayson High School in 2013. Although he was recruited to play defensive end, Nkemdiche also played running back for the Rams.

Freeze also touched on two of the more important topics currently surrounding the Rebels’ program: Laremy Tunsil’s NCAA investigation and the quarterback situation.

“No there’s no update, it’s just the ongoing process,” Freeze responded when asked if he had heard anything from the NCAA. “I don’t even think about the possibilities of this week or next week. I just trust the people who are involved in it and hope that they get it right for the young man.”

He also stated that he likes what he has seen from Chad Kelly, Ryan Buchanan and DeVante Kincade at the quarterback position and indicated that all three will play again against Fresno State on Saturday.

“There’s still competition. I think all three played well,” Freeze said. “I think this week will help us see things more clearly as we head into next week, but I like what I’m seeing out of all three right now.”


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