Ole Miss defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche missed the majority of the Rebels’ 37-24 loss to Memphis Saturday with a concussion.
Nkemdiche sustained the concussion when he entered the game on offense as part of Ole Miss’ jumbo package in the second quarter. The 6-foot-4, 296-pounder lined up at fullback and took the handoff on third-and-1. He was wrapped up and tackled by a host of Tigers defenders and appeared to hit his head on the ground during the play.
Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze was asked about using Nkemdiche on offense, but Freeze indicated he does not regret the decision.
“You’re danged if you do and danged if you don’t,” Freeze said to reporters following the game. “You’re third-and-1, and he just got tackled on his head. That could happen on any play. I don’t think you can operate out of fear of getting someone injured if it helps your football team.”
Nkemdiche has been used in that package several times for the Rebels this season, and the Loganville, Ga., native has scored three touchdowns. Nkemdiche is almost universally regarded as a top-5 pick in next April’s NFL draft if he declares.
You can see when the hit on Nkemdiche occurred below:
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