Robert Nkemdiche of Ole Miss Gets Nation's Attention with Stirring Fake Punt Run

Gabe ZaldivarPop Culture Lead WriterAugust 30, 2013

The sound of thousands of screaming students, the inescapable need to tailgate and the courage it takes to call for a fake punt in the first half of a big game: It must be college football season.

Ty Duffy of The Big Lead spotted one of the more memorable moments from a tight Thursday night clash between Ole Miss and Vanderbilt.

A game that seemed to save all of its drama for the final minutes had some excitement to close the half. Robert Nkemdiche—who The Big Lead reminds was a 5-star defensive end and Rivals' top recruit of 2013—received the opportunity to shine early.

We take you to the waning moments of the first half with Ole Miss staring at a 4th-and-1 on its 34-yard line. One mistake and Vanderbilt would have the ball with fantastic field position.

Shame on us for forgetting how awesome this sport is, because coach Hugh Freeze calls for a fake punt in a game that could have slipped away at this point.

Not only that, the play goes to his young defensive end, who is quickly becoming a fan favorite. Nkemdiche gets the first down and then some.

He also gets a nice little play to add to his growing legacy. Give this guy some reps on the offensive side of the ball.

He will no doubt make headlines for his work at defensive end, but his run in what was a fruitless possession has us craving more.

While Andrew Ritter missed the field-goal attempt after Nkemdiche's big play, Vanderbilt and Ole Miss exchanged scores late in an exciting finish that saw the Rebels take the season opener, 39-35.

Nkemdiche, you had our curiosity, but now you have our attention.


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