BLOG — Ole Miss’ win over Vanderbilt Thursday night ended up costing head coach Hugh Freeze two players. Sophomore linebacker Denzel Nkemdiche will be out four to six weeks of action after suffering a torn meniscus in his right knee while junior offensive guard Aaron Morris will be lost for the rest of the season with a torn ACL in his left knee.
Nkemdiche underwent successful surgery to repair his knee this morning in Oxford. He suffered the injury in the first half of Thursday’s game with the Commodores and continued to play in the second half. Nkemdiche, who led the Rebels with 82 tackles last season, is the inspirational leader of the defense for the Rebels as the starter at the Stinger linebacker spot. He was named to the All-Southeastern Conference first team this preseason by the media.
Morris, a native of Jackson and former standout at Callaway, will undergo surgery in a couple of weeks to repair the damage he also suffered in the first half of Thursday’s game in Nashville. Morris started every game at left guard last season for the Rebels and 19 overall starts under his belt.
For more on the injuries, see Monday’s print edition of the EAGLE. (August 31, 2013)