Ole Miss defensive end Robert Nkemdiche’s college career has official come to an end before the team has a chance to play in the Sugar Bowl.
On Sunday, Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze released a statement in which he announced that both he and the school had told Nkemdiche that he had been suspended for the bowl game against Oklahoma State on Jan. 1.
Nkemdiche then released a statement of his own, thanking his teammates and coaches for his time at Ole Miss and confirming his intention to declare for the 2016 NFL Draft.
The junior was arrested on charges of marijuana possession after falling from a 15 foot wall at an Atlanta hotel. His room was searched following the incident, which sent him to the hospital with minor injuries, and authorities found multiple marijuana cigarettes.
Nkemdiche is expected to be one of the top picks in the Draft, going No.1 in SI.com’s mock draft earlier this season.
In 29 games at Ole Miss, Nkemdiche tallied 81 tackles, 16 for loss and six sacks.