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The Nkemdiche boys have arrived.
Denzel, the undersized linebacker who accounted for 82 tackles, three interceptions, 13 tackles for loss and four forced fumbles last season, will be joined by his brother, Robert, who was the proverbial No. 1 most highly recruited player in 2013. Ole Miss fans rejoice.
Rebel fans have plenty more reasons to be excited than the Nkemdiche brothers though. The Rebels have eight returning starters on offense and seven returning on defense from a team that went 7-6 in the SEC West last year. Add in a recruiting class that boasted four of the top 25 players in the ESPN 150, and there's reason to be excited in Oxford.
Another starting quarterback in the SEC returns, Bo Wallace, the Rebels' top rusher in Jeff Scott will rejoin the backfield and one of the league's best receivers, Donte Moncrief, will be split wide once again. Moving the football should not be a problem for this offense.
It's the defense that has Ole Miss fans on edge. Last season, the Rebels were 11th in the conference against the pass, allowing 246.5 passing yards a game. Improvement is expected, as the Rebels welcome back a more experienced C.J. Johnson, Isaac Gross, Senquez Golson and Dehendret Collins.