No time to waste for Robert Nkemdiche

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.

Staying busy

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.


  • LSU RB Jeremy Hill is back with the team. That didn’t take long. A judge decided not to send him to jail for punching a man last spring – a probation violation – and his teammates quickly voted him back on the team. Hill, Alfred Blue and Kenny Hilliard all return to the Tigers’ backfield.
  • Clemson wants to run more than 90 plays a game this year. That offense will be faster than that snail in “Turbo.” Take your kids. They’ll love it.
  • Butch Jones will turn Tennessee around, but maybe not until November. The Vols play Oregon, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and Alabama before November. If you haven’t noticed, those teams are ranked third, 10th, fifth, seventh and first in the preseason coaches poll.
  • Watch Western Kentucky and new coach Bobby Petrino – yeah, that guy — in games against Kentucky (Aug. 31) and Tennessee (Sept. 7). Petrino will develop a QB – he always does – and has RB Antonio Andrews back after rushing for 1,728 yards and leading the NCAA with 3,161 all-purpose yards in 2012.

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August 7th, 2013
10:40 pm

Andy, those are pretty good likes….But you’d have to throw in a few music lyrics to turn it into a Dave O’Brien blog! LOL

Andy Johnston

August 7th, 2013
1:53 pm

Thanks for the comments so far. HotDawg, I’ve been doing this so long, I don’t have any allegiances when it comes to sports teams. Not to turn this into David O’Brien’s blog, but I do like Latin food, good coffee and war movies.


August 7th, 2013
1:21 pm

Too bad they didn’t decide to re-start it with Tony Barnhart, Mr. College Football. Guess you don’t know what you have until you cut it to save a penny.


August 7th, 2013
12:00 pm

We’re playing against an ACC team and you guys are predicting a close game??


August 7th, 2013
11:56 am

Good article Andy but I have one additional comment……Buck Fobby Petrino!!


August 6th, 2013
7:26 pm


The AJC would never hire a biased reporter — especially for the sports section. ;-)


August 6th, 2013
6:30 pm

It would be nice if all reporters declared up front their political allegiences , whether democrat or republican. Hehehe….That would answer many motives and questions.
and sport reporters declare their favorite college and pro teams… nah, just kidding!


August 6th, 2013
6:22 pm

Good job Andy…
By the way, as a matter of full disclosure, which school did you attend or which do you root for Andy?
Fans are are a sensitive bunch when they think there’s a bias in articles! LOL

Andy Johnston

August 6th, 2013
5:57 pm

The AJC has restarted its college football blog this season, with plans to regularly update it nearly year-round. I’ll write about almost anything here, from SEC to ACC schools, national programs and state teams such as Morehouse, Valdosta State and others.


August 6th, 2013
5:07 pm

@Getting Older

I don’t think that anyone knows enough about either team to predict the outcome of the UGA vs. Clemson game at this point. Should be a good one. I’ll watch it.