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Ole Miss loses the services of linebacker Denzel Nkemdiche

OXFORD, MS (WLOX) -  Denzel Nkemdiche was one of four Ole Miss players who got nicked up against LSU in Saturday's 10-7 loss to LSU. Offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil, defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche and safety Cody Prewitt missed playing time Saturday. Coach Freeze said at Monday's news conference that all three of those players are expected to play when No. 7 Ole Miss entertains No. 4 Auburn Saturday at 6:00 p.m. in Oxford.

Denzel Nkemdiche had 28 tackles through seven games this season and was injured when LSU freshman running back Leonard Fournette plowed into the 5-foot-11, 212 pound junior linebacker.

Despite the loss, the Rebels are giving up only 10.5 points per game to lead the nation in the fewest points allowed in the Football Bowl Subdivision.

Freeze said his team didn't display the same aggressive style they had played with in the 7 prior games that resulted in victories.

"I thought out demeanor was a bit different in that environment," stated Freeze. "And I thought we let things get to us that have not bothered us earlier in the season and seemed to rattle us a little bit."

Quarterback Bo Wallace who connected on only 5 of 15 pass attempts on Saturday with one touchdown and a crucial interceptions said he would like to see the Rebels open up the offense.

"I want to be more aggressive but that's on the coaches on what they call and things like that, "said Wallace." So, hopefully we can be more aggressive this week but I'm going to run the plays that are called and that's all I can do."

Ole Miss seniors Senques Golson of Pascagoula and Cody Prewitt are two of the 15 semifinalists for the 2014 Jim Thorpe Award, given to the top defensive back in college football.

Ole Miss is the only school to boast multiple semifinalists for the award, announced Monday by the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame.


This match up between No. 4 Auburn and No. 7 Ole Miss is the first ever meeting of top 10 teams at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.

Ole Miss redshirt-freshman punter Will Gleeson was named SEC Special Teams Player of the Week Monday after his fine effort against LSU.

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