Arguably the most pleasant surprise of season 2 of the Netflix series “Last Chance U” was Florida State transfer and quarterback De’Andre Johnson.
Johnson appeared to show genuine remorse for his past actions (he punched a woman at a bar and was kicked out of Florida State), leadership skills, ability to be a team player and to be a fantastic athlete. He proved he was as good, if not better than East Mississippi predecessors Jonathan Franklin III (Auburn), Chad Kelly (Ole Miss), and Bo Wallace (Ole Miss).
But despite that, he landed no Power 5 scholarship. He accepted an offer to play for Florida Atlantic. And as preseason camp begins, the disappointments are continuing.
In a battle with returning starter Jason Driskel, Johnson has had a less-than-stellar start to camp. According to The Palm Beach Post, Johnson struggled with ball control, throwing several interceptions while working with the first unit.
The story said, “Johnson appeared visibly frustrated as defenders routinely picked off or batted down his passes.”
Fortunately for Johnson, there is still a lot of camp to go.
‘Did y’all watch any film?’
Another star from season 2 is ex-Georgia defensive end Chauncey Rivers, who landed at Mississippi State, much to the delight of defensive coordinator Todd Grantham.
According to Bulldogs27, Rivers is expected to start opposite Cory Thomas and alongside former five-star prospect Jeffery Simmons. If Rivers can perform at the level he did last year at EMCC (eight sacks in 12 games), that could be a daunting defensive line for the Bulldogs.
But as good as they might look, as Rivers’ mother Devaunya (also a surprise star), might suggest, “they need to watch film” every week.
The Mercedes-Benz of coaches
It’s official: Nick Saban is selling cars, new and used. The Alabama coach officially opened his Mercedes-Benz dealership in Nashville this week.
The address for this place? 734 Envious Lane.
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