Where are the star players of Netflix’s ‘Last Chance U’ now?Sporting News — (Zac Al-Khateeb)
Season 5 of Netflix's hit series “Last Chance U” is here, continuing its run of chronicling the lives of junior college football players.
The latest season moves to Laney College for the final year of college football in the series. In 2021, "Last Chance U" will focus on college basketball. We've grown to know the players, coaches and staff from East Mississippi Community College in the show's first two seasons. We then got to know Coach Jason Brown at Independence Community College in Kansas for Season 3 and 4.
As we move on to Season 5, you'll probably be wondering: Where are the players who have starred in the four previous iterations "Last Chance U"?
- Season 1: EMCC
- Season 2: EMCC
- Season 3: Independence Community College
- Season 4: Independence Community College
- Season 5: Laney College
The affable defensive tackle played for FCS program Nicholls State in 2016, recording 41 tackles (6.5 for loss) and two sacks. He was granted his release but, unable to find a place to compete on the FBS level, returned to Nicholls for his final season of eligibility in 2018. He played in 12 games, compiling 13.5 tackles for loss, 5.0 sacks and two fumble recoveries. He went undrafted, but ended up on the Oakland Raiders' practice squad. He was cut from the team, as captured by HBO's "Hard Knocks" series. Ollie was signed by the CFL's Toronto Argonauts in 2020.
EMCC’s backup QB in Season 1, John Franklin used his incredible showing in the last game of the 2015 season (accounting for 291 yards and six touchdowns) to land a spot on Auburn’s roster. He was less than impactful for the Tigers, however, completing 14 of 26 passes for 204 yards and a touchdown while rushing for 430 yards and two scores. Franklin transferred to FAU for 2017, completing 1 of 2 passes for 49 yards and rushing 229 yards and two touchdowns. Unfortunately for Franklin, he may be best remembered in Boca Raton for dropping the ball before crossing the goal line after a long run. He went undrafted out of FAU but has since transitioned to defensive back with the NFL's Chicago Bears. He's on the Buccaneers' roster as a cornerback in 2020.
McCrae, like John Franklin, made the jump from EMCC to a successful FBS program in 2016. Unlike Franklin, however, McCrae only appeared in two games at Louisville (against Charlotte and N.C. State), and did not register any stats. It wasn't much better for him in 2017, as he registered four tackles in limited playing time — most of it on special teams. He played two games in 2018 before injuring his shoulder against Indiana State, missing the rest of the season. He is listed as a grad student on Louisville's 2019 roster.
EMCC’s starter at quarterback in 2015, Roberts did not receive any offers from Division I schools, instead walking on at Mississippi State. He was not expected to compete for a job, instead coming on to get a head start on a coaching career. The Bulldogs later settled on Nick Fitzgerald as their go-to signal-caller, though Roberts at least was on the 2016 roster. That was not the case in 2017. According to a May 2018 report from AthlonSports, Roberts got married in December 2017, finished his degree online and has a job lined up at a steel mill in Columbus, Miss.
D.J. Law signed with UAB ahead of 2016 and went off in training camp, impressing Blazers coach Bill Clark. But a nagging knee injury caused him to undergo surgery and “miss” the 2016 season (he didn’t lose any eligibility since UAB didn’t play that season). He was expected to take a big role in the Blazers’ run game in 2017, but is no longer with the program. Clark intimated it was because of academic struggles, adding he was working with Law to figure out his next step in football: “Is it NAIA or Canada?”
Wright and his older brother, Camion Patrick, both of "Last Chance U" fame, were arrested in September 2017 and charged with criminal homicide in connection to a stabbing death in Alcoa, Tenn. Patrick was arrested in Bloomington, Ind., where he was a student after failing to continue his college football career due to several injuries. A judge dismissed the charges against Patrick, and Wright later reached a plea deal to have his charges dropped. He pled guilty to one count of facilitation of aggravated robbery, and received five years probation and time served.
Wright left EMCC after the 2016 season to enroll at West Georgia (where he later withdrew). As of July 2019, he is playing semi-pro football with the Alcoa Alloys of the Independent American Football League.
Shannon was expected to be a big part of the EMCC Lions' passing game in Season 2 — until he signed with Div. II school West Georgia in January. Shannon played in 11 games for the Wolves, nabbing 16 catches for 258 yards and a touchdown in an 8-3 season.
Allen was kicked off Texas Tech after being charged with second-degree burglary. He became a stalwart at EMCC in 2016, helping the Lions to an 11-1 record. He later returned to Lubbock under coach Kliff Kingsbury, whose trust in Allen paid off big in 2017. He led the team with 102 tackles, two sacks and two interceptions. He tallied 60 tackles (5.5 for loss), two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and a touchdown in 2018. He was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams in the seventh round of the 2019 NFL Draft, signing a four-year deal in June.
The second Florida State quarterback to head to EMCC, Johnson spent one year in Scooba, Miss., after getting expelled for punching a woman in a bar. He later left for Florida Atlantic (again following Franklin's lead) where he spent most of the 2017 season on the sidelines dealing with complications from blood clots in his arm. He played in six games in 2018, putting up 339 total yards and three total touchdowns before announcing his intent to transfer.
Miller, the second-string quarterback in Season 2, briefly played in MLB as part of the San Diego Padres' minor league team. He was selected in the 14th round of the 2017 MLB Draft. He returned to EMCC in 2018, helping the team to a 12-0 season in which he played in five games, threw for 851 yards and eight touchdowns to two interceptions. He also rushed for 166 yards and four touchdowns.
Rivers came from Georgia after a string of marijuana-related arrests. He finished his time at EMCC and transferred to Mississippi State, where he had to sit out the 2017 season due to being academically ineligible. He played in all 13 games in 2018, part of a dominant defensive line that sent two players into the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft. He finished fifth on the team with tackles for loss and had 2.5 sacks, totaling 24 tackles with multiple tackles in nine different games. He is listed as a senior on Mississippi State's official 2019 roster.
Henry was the third quarterback to leave Florida State for community college, though he deviated from Franklin and Johnson in choosing Independence over EMCC. Henry and ICC coach Jason Brown got in several disputes during the 2017 season, the former saying he felt he was "better than this." He finished the season with roughly 1,300 passing yards and 10 touchdowns.
Despite fulfilling his junior college requirements in 2017, Henry never picked up an offer from a Power 5 school. He returned to ICC in 2018, playing in only two games and completing 19 of 43 passes for 247 yards, a touchdown and three interceptions. He transferred to Nevada as a walk-on in January and is listed as a junior on the team’s official 2019 roster.
Thompson was a bright spot on Season 3, buying into the team after early struggles and several clashes with Brown. He caught 48 passes for 544 yards and three touchdowns at Independence in 2017. Because his five years of Division I eligibility was up (he played for Texas Tech in 2013) he was ineligible to receive an offer from that level of play. He instead signed with Division II program Missouri Western State. There, he finished the 2018 season third on the team with 17 receptions and 261 yards receiving. He also returned 10 punts for 183 yards and 14 kickoffs for 240 yards. He decided to forgo his senior season to prepare for a jump to the NFL.
A former three-star running back recruit at Texas A&M who didn't see the field in 2016 because of academic issues. He battled for the Pirates' starting running back position, eventually pulling away from his competition to rush for 1,211 yards and 14 touchdowns. He signed with Arkansas at season's end. Boyd made an instant impact after transferring to Arkansas in 2018, playing in 12 games, starting eight, and finishing the season with 734 rushing yards and two touchdowns. He also caught 23 passes for 165 yards. He is listed as a junior on Arkansas’ 2019 roster.
The Michigan transfer had hoped to get more looks at Independence after struggling with injuries and lack of playing time with the Wolverines. He was plagued with ball-security issues at Independence, however, and eventually left the program feeling he'd wasted a year there. He signed with UAB in 2018, recording 22 carries for 88 yards and two touchdowns in three games that season. He was removed from the team’s roster in November after previously serving a suspension after a student-conduct issue in September. He was arrested in December for the same incident, reportedly facing charges of domestic violence and strangulation.
Gooden was arguably one of Independence's best defensive players, racking up 81 tackles and a sack in 2017. He had a knack for late hits and personal fouls at Independence, though that apparently wasn't a big-enough hangup for Tennessee, which signed him at the end of the season. Gooden playing in all 12 games for the Vols in 2018, recording one start. He finished the season with 33 tackles and seven tackles for loss (third-most on the team). He is listed as a senior on Tennessee’s 2019 roster.
Bruce, a talented player who had several academic and behavioral issues at Independence, was arrested in June 2018 and charged with robbery in connection with an incident the previous May, though prosecutors dropped the charges against him in December. Bruce returned to play for ICC in 2018 but was cut from the team. He reportedly signed with Arena Football team Manatee Neptunes in April.
Buckmaster used Independence as a means of escaping a home life that saw his mother in jail and father using drugs. He maintained a close relationship with his father in Season 3 and overcame an injury to his right shoulder to transfer to Division II program West Texas A&M, where he is listed on the team's 2019 roster.
|Player||Position||Career ICC stats||Transfer destination|
|Calvin Jackson Jr.||WR||25 receptions, 381 yards, 4 TDs||Washington State|
|Brandon Bea||QB||60.9 completion percentage, 353 yards, 1 TD, 2 INTs||Boise State (walk-on)|
|Tramonda Moore||OL||Three games played||Oklahoma (later dismissed)|
|DJ Williams||DB||56 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 FF, 2 FR||Utah State|
|Delrick Abrams||DB||60 tackles, 3 INTs, 1 FR||Colorado|
|Ray Buford||DB||18 tackles, 2 FFs, 6 PBUs||New Mexico State|
|Jamal Scott||RB||79 attempts, 363 yards, 7 TDs||Eastern Illinois|
Brown is no longer coaching at Independence Community College. At one point he was facing eight felony charges "for allegedly stealing the identity of a lawyer in an attempt to silence local newspapers," according to the Parson Sun. Although Brown denied the charges on Twitter sayig, “Apparently a newspaper in Kansas wrote a story about me being criminally charged. This is news to me as well. So please keep your judgement to yourself. I've done nothing wrong this smells like sour grapes and a set up! Nobody has contacted me my lawyers will take it from here!”
Johnson wasn't always a featured player on "Last Chance U," but he was the No. 1 rated JUCO prospect (per 247 Sports composite) while attending ICC. Johnson ended up committing to Georgia where he played in 2019. Johnson finished with 20 tackles, 2.5 sacks and a forced fumble during his 2019 season with the Bulldogs.
Henry was back in Season 4, although he left ICC as Brown left. The well-traveled Henry went to Nevada where he started two games in 2019. Henry completed 42 of 78 (53.8) passes for 593 yards while throwing one touchdown to four interceptions. He joined Nevada as a walk-on, but is no longer on the team. He was not enrolled after the spring semester at Nevada and is not listed on the football roster. He is currently not playing anywhere.
Jones' season at ICC didn't work out as planned as Coach Brown brought in Henry midway through the season. The end of "Last Chance U" said Jones was open changing positions and moving to receiver at the Division 1 level. It's not clear where Jones ended up in 2019 or where he stands currently.
Bruce returned in Season 4 after Season 3's credits said, "Bobby Bruce was arrested during summer break for robbery. He is not expected back at Independence." As for what happened after the season was over, Bruce ended up playing in A-League football, an arena football league. Bruce played for the Manatee Neptunes. It's not clear if the Neptunes are still around as every account for the A-League has been inactive since 2019.
Main is now playing for the University of the Incarnate Word. From their website: "Played in 10 games and started five… registered 28 tackles with 12 unassisted and 16 assisted… tied a team-high 11.5 tackles for loss for 38 yards, including 2.5 sacks for 15 yards… also recorded five pass breakups and one quarterback hurry… had a season-best eight tackles at SFA… had a season-high 3.5 tackles for loss twice, first against Lamar (for 10 yards) and then at SFA (for 15 yards)."
Davis is currently playing at Arkansas State, where he played sparingly in 2019. Davis appeared in nine games and recorded a tackle in seven of them.
King committed to play at Lamar University, but was not eligible to play in 2019. He's still looking to get back on the football field for 2020.
Taugavau received a scholarship from Murray State.
Wright accepted an offer from Oregon State.
Walker-Scott will attend the University of Hawaii and play as a walk on.
Stern signed a scholarship offer from Tennessee's Tusculum University.
Beam will remain at Laney College.