During the recruitment of Robert Nkemdiche there was the feeling of many — which proved correct — that the younger brother would follow his older brother, Denzel Nkemdiche, to Ole Miss.
Robert Nkemdiche was the follower. Having Denzel on campus no doubt provided some measure of comfort.
It was interesting at media day to here Robert Nkemdiche talk about his desire to be a leader this year, and that was put into practice this summer in his relationship with Denzel, who remains suspended at this point. Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze says things are going well for Denzel in his effort to regain good standing with the coach. Denzel’s attitude has been very good, Freeze says.
But it’s been a long road for Denzel going back to a misdemeanor arrest in January, a civil lawsuit filed in February against him — and Robert and other unnamed players — stemming from a frat house fight in February of 2013, then the spring break video.
Through all of that Robert Nkemdiche says he’s been an encouraging voice for his older brother to do the right thing.
He also says he needs to dominate — not be very good but dominate — at defensive tackle for the Ole Miss defense to be all it can be.