When Ole Miss defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche sustained a concussion while playing offense against Memphis on Saturday, social media went crazy over coach Hugh Freeze’s decision to use Nkemdiche in that role.
Many thought that would be the last time Nkemdiche took an offensive snap. But if the 6-foot-4, 296-pounder has his way, he’ll continue getting reps on offense.
“He came to see me this morning to make sure I wasn’t keeping him from doing that,” Freeze told reporters Monday. “That’s just the competitor he is, and he’s been successful.”
Nkemdiche has scored three touchdowns on five touches for Ole Miss this season. The Loganville, Ga., native is highly regarded as a top five pick in April’s NFL draft if he chooses to turn pro.
Freeze said the injury undoubtedly makes him think about not going to Nkemdiche on offense in the future, but he said they’ll re-evaluate some things and go from there.
Nkemdiche’s availability for this weekend’s contest against Texas A&M depends on how he handles the concussion protocol this week. Nkemdiche has totaled 17 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks and four quarterback hurries this season.