Ole Miss coaches won’t wait to unleash Robert Nkemdiche.
They have been impressed with him through the first days of camp and are preparing the highly recruited freshman DE from Grayson to play against Vanderbilt in the opener.
Denzel Nkemdiche, who starts at linebacker for the Rebels, is glad to have his brother with him.
“It’s a big deal to me,” Denzel told the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal. “It’s an immediate source of encouragement and improvement between us two. If he’s doing something wrong, I pull him aside and tell him to fix that, and he’ll work on fixing that. It’s a direct effect.”
The Rebels open at Vanderbilt on Aug. 29, a Thursday night game that will be shown on ESPN.
Some coaches have found some extreme ways to fuel their competitive fire.
Vandy’s James Franklin jumped off a cliff into Tennessee’s Chickamauga Lake. Western Michigan’s P.J. Fleck – the youngest coach in FBS — and his staff walked on fire last month. Louisiana-Lafayette’s Mark Hudspeth bench pressed 225 pounds 25 times.
And then there’s Washington State’s Mike Leach, who is teaming with a university professor to write a book on Geronimo.