If Ole Miss is going to beat Oklahoma State in the Sugar Bowl, it will have to do so without defensive lineman Robert Nkemdiche.
The team suspended Nkemdiche for the bowl game against Oklahoma State, according to Scout.com’s Ben Garrett.
Last week, Nkemdiche was charged with possession of marijuana after an incident in which the star defensive lineman fell from a fourth-floor window at an Atlanta-area hotel. Nkemdiche needed stitches in his legs and back after the spill.
Nkemdiche, the consensus No. 1 prospect out of high school in 2013, has since denied the use of synthetic drugs.
Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze said a decision on Nkemdiche’s status for Ole Miss’ bowl game would not be made until after the team could gather all of the necessary facts.
Instead of attending the bowl game, Nkemdiche will head to Miami to spend time with his brother, Bryan, Garrett reported.
The Rebels take on Oklahoma State in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1.
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UPDATE: Following his suspension, Nkemdiche will declare for the NFL Draft. The Ole Miss standout is projected to be a top-10 pick.