Robert Nkemdiche Receives SEC Weekly Honor
Nov. 30, 2015

Robert Nkemdiche sacks Mississippi State QB Dak Prescott. (photo by Joshua McCoy)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - After helping Ole Miss to a 38-27 road win in the annual Egg Bowl against No. 21 Mississippi State, junior defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche was named a co-Defensive Lineman of the Week by the Southeastern Conference on Monday.

Nkemdiche, a native of Loganville, Georgia, had four tackles and a career-best 1.5 sacks in the victory, which was the Rebels' first in Starkville since 2003. His pressure on Dak Prescott and the MSU backfield helped Ole Miss amass nine tackles for loss and a season-high seven sacks. They forced Prescott into an interception (returned by Tony Bridges for a touchdown) and a fumble lost.

It has been a historic season for Nkemdiche and Ole Miss so far. The Rebels defeated Alabama, Auburn and LSU in the same season for the first time ever and beat Alabama and Auburn on the road for the first time. Their 6-2 SEC record and second-place SEC West finish are the best since 2003, while their four wins over ranked teams are the most since 1969.

This is the second SEC weekly honor of the season for Nkemdiche, who was named SEC Defensive Player of the Week after a road win at No. 2 Alabama. He shares this week's honor with Arkansas DE Deatrich Wise Jr.

The 16th-ranked Rebels now await their bowl fate, which will be announced next Sunday following Saturday's league championship games.

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