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‘Last Chance U’ seasons one and two: Where are they now?

As season three drops on Netflix, we examine what happened to some of the key players from the first two seasons

When it comes to documenting the daily lives of a sports team, there isn’t a program as real and raw as Last Chance U.

The Emmy-nominated series is back, with an eight-episode season streaming Friday on Netflix. Viewers of season three will meet new characters that include the trash-talking head coach Jason Brown, quarterback Malik Henry, defensive end Emmit Gooden, wide receiver Carlos Thompson and linebacker Bobby Bruce.

An extra episode will look back at the lives of those featured in the first two seasons at East Mississippi Community College, a longtime football powerhouse.

What are the main figures from EMCC doing now?

On the administrative side, Buddy Stephens is still the head coach (to avoid spoilers, we’ll refrain from mentioning how EMCC did last season), and academic adviser Brittany Wagner has her own business that provides academic counseling to schools and athletes.

Here’s where some of the key players are today:

John Franklin III, quarterback, season one: A spectator as a redshirt freshman at Florida State when the Seminoles won the 2014 national championship, Franklin played sparingly the following season. Seeing no future in Tallahassee, Franklin transferred to EMCC.

An expected starting role at EMCC turned into a backup position. But Franklin stepped up big with six rushing touchdowns in a game against Mississippi Delta, which led to a scholarship at Auburn.

He was a backup, again, at Auburn, leading him to leave as a graduate transfer for Florida Atlantic, where he started 11 games at wide receiver under Lane Kiffin, averaging 13.6 yards a catch and 14.3 yards rushing with three touchdowns. Franklin claimed to have run a 4.19-second 40-yard dash as he prepared for the national scouting combine (the fastest ever in the NFL combine is 4.22). At the combine, he was clocked at 4.40.

Franklin wasn’t selected in the NFL draft, but he still signed a contract with the Chicago Bears and will try to make the team as a defensive back.

Ronald Ollie, defensive lineman, season one: The silliness and fun-loving approach to life that Ollie brought to season one masked the pain from a tragedy that left him an orphan when he was 5 years old. He dreamed of getting his life together to play at the next level, and you couldn’t help but cheer for him when he was offered a scholarship at Nicholls State, an FCS school, after playing two years at EMCC.

Ollie had 41 tackles and two sacks in his first season at Nicholls (2016), starting one game. The highlight of his season was returning a blocked punt 84 yards for a touchdown. He left Nicholls the following season in pursuit of a big-college opportunity but received no offers. He’ll return to Nicholls State next season.

Dakota Allen, linebacker, season two: Allen arrived at Texas Tech in 2015 with a bang, collecting 87 tackles (second on the team) as a freshman in a career that appeared destined for stardom. But he was released from the team the following May along with two other players. A month later, the three were arrested and charged with burglarizing a house where a television, cameras and a gun safe were stolen. The charges were eventually dropped.

Allen transferred to EMCC, where during the 2016 season he became a standout football player and a model citizen. He came across as likable. He got baptized and Texas Tech took him back, making him a captain for the 2017 season in which he had a team-leading 102 tackles.

At the Big 12 media day this week, Allen represented the Red Raiders. He was named to the 2018 Preseason Big 12 All-Defense Football Team (first team) and was named to the watch list for the Bednarik Award, which recognizes the best defensive player in college football each year.

De’Andre Johnson, quarterback, season two: Johnson’s ticket to EMCC was punched after he punched a woman in the face at a bar in Tallahassee, leading to his dismissal from Florida State. Video of the assault went viral.

After redshirting at EMCC in 2015, Johnson led the team to an 11-1 record the following season, completing 60 percent of his passes and throwing for 26 touchdowns. That led to a scholarship at Florida Atlantic. But Johnson played in only one game in 2017 after developing blood clots in his arm.

Johnson will battle former Oklahoma quarterback Chris Robison for the starting job at FAU this season.

Isaiah Wright, running back, season two: One of the biggest highlights of the second season was Wright leaping from the 5-yard line and executing a perfect flip over an opponent for a touchdown.

Wright, who was extremely personable when he attended the season two premiere event in New York last year, had a solid season in 2016. You couldn’t help but root for his success, and after the season he accepted a scholarship to play at West Georgia.

Within days of that New York event, Wright was arrested and charged with criminal homicide in connection to the stabbing death of a man in Tennessee. He’s still in jail as he awaits trial.

Kamonte Carter, defensive lineman, season two: Carter, known as “Kam,” committed to Penn State out of high school. But in April 2016, Carter was kicked off the team for a violation of team rules. (He admitted to smoking weed during Last Chance U, which he said helped him battle attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)).

Carter came across as a combative guy who appeared to be wasting his talent. In one episode he nearly fought his coach, who was so turned off by his talented lineman that he told recruiters to stay away from him.

Pitt gave him a scholarship, and Carter played sparingly in nine games (eight tackles, one fumble recovery). Carter was granted a release to transfer after the season, and in February he announced he would play at Duquesne.

C.J. Reavis, defensive back, season one: Reavis was expected to start in his sophomore season at Virginia Tech but was dismissed from school after losing a student conduct hearing. Details about the hearing, which is confidential, were never revealed.

Marshall was ready to scoop him up, but Reavis, wanting to play rather than sit out a season, went to EMCC, where he suited up in 2015.

The next year, 2016, he signed at Marshall and played hurt. A torn pectoral muscle eventually ended his season after nine games.

In 2017, Reavis recorded 63 tackles and one interception.

He wasn’t drafted, but he demonstrated enough potential for the Jacksonville Jaguars to sign him in May.

D.J. Law, running back, season one: A highly recruited running back out of high school, Law committed a major no-no by signing letters of intent with three colleges. Instead of playing at Ole Miss or Utah (he chose a Utah hat during his signing ceremony), Law wound up at EMCC (where he also signed a letter of intent).

Law, the first member of his family to attend college, was expected to be the star running back during the first season of Last Chance U. But he found himself juggling the responsibilities of being a father and struggling with his academics. He rushed for a modest 561 yards and five touchdowns.

The University of Alabama-Birmingham gave Law a scholarship, but knee surgery kept him off the field in 2016. He continued to struggle academically and was off the team by the following spring. UAB coach Bill Clark is helping Law get placed at an NAIA school.

Chauncey Rivers, defensive end, season two: Rivers was supposed to start his college career at Georgia but was kicked out of school in May 2016 after getting arrested for possession of marijuana for the third time in seven months.

After a year at EMCC, Rivers received a scholarship from Mississippi State, but academic issues kept him sidelined in 2017. He’s expected to play this upcoming season.

Tim Bonner, defensive lineman, season two: Bonner’s time in Louisville was cut short after he was accused of having a gun. (He denies the accusation.) He went to EMCC for a year before continuing the pipeline of players to FAU.

Bonner had eight tackles in six games last season and is expected to have a bigger role this season.

Vijay Miller, quarterback, season two: We saw Miller as a backup quarterback in season two, when he completed 63 percent of his passes while throwing for six touchdowns and rushing for nine during the 2016 season.

What we didn’t see was him transitioning to baseball in the spring, compiling a 5-0 record and 55 strikeouts in 47.2 innings.

Miller didn’t go to EMCC because he had problems. He went there because he saw it as a chance to win a national title in football.

There was no national championship, but there was a professional baseball career. Miller was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 14th round of the 2017 draft and is playing his second season in the Arizona League.

Jerry Bembry is a senior writer at Andscape. His bucket list items include being serenaded by Lizz Wright and watching the Knicks play a MEANINGFUL NBA game in June.