HOOVER, Ala. — Denzel Nkemdiche’s stellar freshman season didn’t go unnoticed. The Ole Miss linebacker finished the 2012 season with 82 tackles, including 13 for a loss, two stats that helped him earn a place on the preseason All-SEC first-team defense Thursday.
Of the 234 media members who voted at SEC Media Days, Nkemdiche picked up 94 votes to make the first team along with Alabama’s C.J. Mosley and Tennessee’s A.J. Johnson.