2015 Win Sparked by Special Teams Play
Landsharks Limit High-Scoring Aggies to 195 Yards, 3 Points
Most First-Round Selections in Ole Miss History
Rebels Expect to Boast Huge Presence at Tomorrow’s NFL Draft First Round
Both SEC Network and NFL Network Televising Workouts
Rebels selected in the 2016 NFL Draft.
Senior running back Jeff Scott ran for a career-high 164 yards and had a 73-yard punt return for a touchdown here Saturday night as Ole Miss scored 30 unanswered points to run past Texas 44-23 in front of the third largest crowd at DKR Stadium (101, 474). With the win, the Rebels improved to 3-0 for the first time since 1989.
Participated in the 2016 NFL Combine.
2015: All-America first team (Scout.com), second team (Walter Camp, AP, Sports Illustrated, Sports on Earth), third team (Athlon), fourth team (Phil Steele) ... All-SEC first team (ESPN.com, Athlon), second team (Coaches, AP, Phil Steele, Gridironnow.com) ... One of four finalists for the Paul Hornung Award (nation’s most versatile player) and a semifinalist for the Rotary Lombardi Award and Chuck Bednarik Award ... First defensive lineman to be named a finalist for the Hornung Award ... Midseason All-America (ESPN.com, SI.com, CBS Sports) ... Midseason All-SEC (ESPN.com) ... Started at defensive tackle in all 11 games in which he played ... Third on team with 7.0 TFLs, tied for third with 3.0 sacks ... Helped Ole Miss rank top three among SEC teams in tackles for loss (8.1/game - 7th in NCAA), interceptions (15 - t23rd in NCAA) and takeaways (23 - t38th in NCAA) ... Scored three offensive touchdowns (two rushing, one receiving) and blocked a field goal on special teams ... Missed the Texas A&M game due to a concussion he suffered at Memphis ... Did not play in the Sugar Bowl ... Earned third letter ... vs. UT Martin (9/5/15): Made an impact in every phase of the game, posting three tackles (one solo) and a QB hurry on defense, blocking a field goal attempt and scoring his first career TD on a 31-yard reception out of the offensive backfield ... Named SEC Player of the Week by CBS Sports and to the Paul Hornung Award Honor Roll ... vs. Fresno State (9/12/15): Made two tackles (one solo) including a TFL and rushed once for a 1-yard TD ... at #2 Alabama (9/19/15): Had perhaps the finest outing of his career with six tackles (three solo), a career-high 2.5 TFLs and 0.5 sack, while dominating the line of scrimmage and creating pressure that helped lead to three of Alabama’s five turnovers ... Tabbed SEC Defensive Player of the Week and National Defensive Player of the Week (Bednarik Award, Lott IMPACT) ... vs. Vanderbilt (9/26/15): Had four tackles (one solo), 1.0 TFL and a QB hurry and scored the eventual game-winning TD on a 1-yard run in the third quarter ... Paul Hornung Award Weekly Honor Roll ... at #23 Florida (10/3/15): Made one solo tackle ... vs. New Mexico State (10/10/15): Recorded a sack and two QB hurries ... at #22 Memphis (10/17/15): Saw one snap on offense, in which he carried the ball for no gain and was ruled out for the rest of the game with a concussion ... at Auburn (10/31/15): Had four tackles (three solo), two QB hurries and a pass breakup ... vs. Arkansas (11/7/15): Assisted on one tackle ... vs. #15 LSU (11/21/15): Made three tackles (one solo) and broke up a pass ... at #21 Mississippi State (11/28/15): Named SEC D-Lineman of the Week after posting four tackles and a career-high 1.5 sacks in the 38-27 Egg Bowl win ... Preseason All-America first team (Sporting News, ESPN, Athlon, CBS Sports, The Kickoff, College Sports Madness, CFB Matrix), second team (Phil Steele, Lindy’s) ... Preseason All-SEC first team (League Media, Coaches, ESPN, CBS Sports, Athlon, Phil Steele, Lindy’s, Sporting News, Birmingham News, College Sports Madness, CFB Matrix) ... On preseason watch lists for the Chuck Bednarik Award, Outland Trophy, Rotary Lombardi Award, Bronko Nagurski Trophy and Lott IMPACT Trophy ... Tabbed the nation’s No. 7 front seven player and No. 17 player overall by Sporting News ... ESPN.com rates him No. 5 in the SEC and No. 13 in the country ... Named by NFL.com as the No. 7 most freakish athlete and No. 11 scariest player in college football.2014: All-America second team (AP, Sporting News, USA Today, CBS Sports), fourth team (Athlon), honorable mention (Sports Illustrated) ... All-SEC first team (AP, Colllege Sports Madness), second team (Athlon), third team (Phil Steele) ... Rotary Lombardi Award Semifinalist ... Chuck Bednarik Award Watch List ... Midseason All-America first team (CBSSports.com, SI.com, Phil Steele), second team (Sports on Earth) ... Midseason All-SEC first team (ESPN.com, Phil Steele) ... Started every game at defensive tackle ... Totaled 35 tackles with 4.0 TFLs, 2.0 sacks and a pass breakup ... Caused havoc in the middle of the line of scrimmage, helping Ole Miss lead the nation in scoring defense (16.0 ppg) and lead the SEC in tackles for loss (7.6/game) ... Earned second letter ... vs. Boise State (8/28/14): Made three tackles, broke up a pass and pressured the QB ... at Vanderbilt (9/6/14): Made three tackles (two solo) with a sack (13-yard loss) ... vs. Memphis (9/27/14): Had one tackle ... vs. #1 Alabama (10/4/14): Posted five tackles (two solo) ... at #14 Texas A&M (10/11/14): Made two tackles ... vs. Tennessee (10/18/14): Made three tackles and posted a sack ... at #23 LSU (10/25/14): Made four tackles ... vs. #3 Auburn (11/1/14): Made one tackle ... at Arkansas (11/22/14): Logged four tackles (one solo) ... vs. #4 Mississippi State (11/29/14): Had a career-high seven tackles (three solo), including a TFL ... Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl vs. #6 TCU (12/31/14): Made two stops, including a TFL ... Preseason All-America second team (Athlon, USA Today), third team (College Sports Madness), fourth team (Phil Steele) ... Preseason All-SEC first team (League Media, Coaches, Athlon, Birmingham News, Phil Steele), second team (Lindy’s, CFB Matrix) ... Named to preseason watch lists for the Nagurski Trophy, Outland Trophy and Lombardi Award ... Rated the nation’s No. 9 DT by Lindy’s and the SEC’s No. 3 DT by ESPN.com.
2013: First team Freshman All-America (Athlon, College Football News) ... Second team Freshman All-America (247Sports.com) ... SEC All-Freshman (league coaches) ... Played in 11 games with 10 starts (six at DE, four at DT) ... Missed the LSU and Idaho games with a strained hamstring ... Posted 34 tackles (25 solo), 2.0 sacks, two pass breakups and three QB hurries on the season ... Finished third on the team with 8.0 TFLs ... Ranked second among SEC freshmen with 0.73 TFLs per game ... Also rushed five times for 32 yards as a running back ... Earned first letter ... at Vanderbilt (8/29/13): Made his highly anticipated college debut and posted two tackles with a TFL and a pass break-up in start at DE ... Also converted a first down on a fake punt with an 11-yard run ... vs. Southeast Missouri (9/7/13): Made five tackles (four solo), including 2.0 TFLs, in start ... at Texas (9/14/13): Collected three tackles (two solo) with a TFL, PBU and QB hurry, in start ... at #1 Alabama (9/28/13): Started at DT for the first time in his career and did not record any stats ... at Auburn (10/5/13): Made four tackles (two solo) in start at DE ... vs. #9 Texas A&M (10/12/13): Made one tackle in start before going down with a hamstring strain ... vs. Arkansas (11/9/13): Returned from injury and started at DT, posting four stops (one solo) with a TFL ... vs. Troy (11/16/13): Made four solo stops with a career-high 2.0 TFLs, his first career sack and a QB hurry in start, earning SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week honors ... vs. #8 Missouri (11/23/13): Tallied three tackles (two solo) and a QB hurry in start ... at Mississippi State (11/28/13): Posted three solo stops with a TFL and a sack as a starter at DT, while rushing for a season-high 21 yards on four carries as a running back ... Music City Bowl vs. Georgia Tech (12/30/13): Made five tackles (four solo) ... Member of the 2013 signing class ... Preseason pick as SEC Newcomer of the Year by Lindy’s and SEC’s Top Impact Freshman by Sporting News ... Tabbed preseason SEC Freshman of the Year by College Sports Madness ... Preseason Freshman All-America first team selection by Athlon and ESPN.com ... Preseason All-SEC third team by Phil Steele and College Sports Madness.
HIGH SCHOOL: The consensus No. 1 overall recruit and top defensive end in the nation ... An Under Armour, USA Today, MaxPreps and SuperPrep All-America selection as a senior ... Also earned All-America honors from USA Today as a junior ... Three-time All-State selection by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Associated Press and Georgia Athletic Coaches Association ... Racked up 41 career sacks during his high school career ... Named the Gwinnett Daily Post County Defensive Player of the Year as a senior after recording 59 tackles, 12 tackles for loss and seven sacks to help Grayson win the Region 8-6A championship ... Led a defense that allowed only 11 points a game ... Also rushed for 235 yards and 10 touchdowns on offense ... Tabbed the All-Class Player of the Year (AJC, Associated Press), Gwinnett Daily Post County Defensive Player of the Year and Touchdown Club of Gwinnett Athlete of the Year after his junior season in which he led Grayson to a 15-0 record, Class 5A state title and a No. 4 national ranking by USA Today ... Posted 59 tackles and 18 sacks as a junior, while rushing for 528 yards and 17 touchdowns ... Played in the AT&T Georgia Junior Bowl ... Coached in high school by Mickey Conn.
PERSONAL: Son of Sunday and Beverly Nkemdiche ... Born: Sept. 19, 1994 ... Brother of Ole Miss linebacker Denzel Nkemdiche ... General studies major.
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