Last Chance U Season 2 Review: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

The long awaited second season of Last Chance U finally arrived and it did not disappoint.  I mistakenly binge-watched the entire season in less than a week and now I’m back to missing football and I don’t really know what to do with myself.  I just couldn’t stop watching.  The featured players, the story lines, the FOOTBALL.

Me before the second season came out.

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Me after it came out for no more than 4 days.

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And me after I finished binge-watching all eight hours, now waiting for football season.

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Well, let’s get into it.

The Good

Tim Bonner

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These producers did a phenomenal job with this season.  But, the only thing I needed more of was Tim Bonner.  The guy was electric.  He finished with 37 tackles, as well as 5.5 sacks after going sackless in the first six games.  Allegedly, Bonner didn’t do anything wrong during his time in Louisville.  He was accused of having a gun in his room, even though when his room was searched, nothing was found.  Off the field, he was hilarious and never stopped smiling.  I know that doesn’t make for good “drama,” but I couldn’t get enough of him.  In my opinion, he doesn’t seem like the type of guy to carry a gun, but what do I know.  He’s headed to Florida Atlantic University, which is no Louisville, but he’ll attract some buzz for sure in the next few years.

De’Andre Johnson

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I thoroughly believe in second chances.  Everybody has a lapse in judgement from time to time.  Mistakes happen.  But I also believe that people don’t necessarily deserve a second chance when the offense is too heinous, for example murder or sexual assault.  While punching a young, presumably drunk woman in the face isn’t as heinous as murder, it’s up there to say the least.  That being said, I couldn’t help but root for this guy.  He never caused any problems, whether it be in the classroom, on the field, or off the field.  He showed that he was determined to be a leader in his very first game and continued to lead throughout the season.  Besides that, the dude absolutely tore it up in the field.  I mean look at these numbers.

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Straight out of a video game.  I’m not condoning and will never condone what he did at that Florida bar in 2015.  But to me, this guy is a different person than what that surveillance tape showed.  He’ll be joining Bonner at FAU and will be coached by offensive mastermind Lane Kiffin.  Based off what I saw of Johnson’s ability plus Lane Kiffin’s coaching ability, FAU will be an offensive machine in 2017.

Dakota Allen

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Stealing a safe full of guns is nothing to sneeze at either when it comes to heinous mistakes.  But like Johnson, he’s a guy that did everything right at EMCC.  It seemed like he was in on every play, leading the team with 117 tackles (next was 102, and the third most was 71).  Beyond that, he was a quiet leader with a very good work ethic.  Allen was very well-spoken, and not to mention, he was regarded by his teammates as the smartest guy on the team.  After getting kicked out of Texas Tech for the burglary charges, he’s going to end up back where he started, right back at Texas Tech after only a year.  This is very confusing, but it’s even more confusing when it was basically his only offer after the season he put together.  I’m not sure what went on behind the scenes for Texas Tech to let him back into the school but I’m happy for him and will be someone to watch out for in 2017.

The Bad

Coach Stephens

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There are times when I’m a fan of Coach Stephens, but most of the time I’m not.  I like when he’s laid back and personable with his players and at the same time I like when he blows up on guys for the right reasons.  But my main problem is that far too often, in my opinion, he was laid back when he should have blown up and he blew up when he should have been calm.  I actually completely agree with Isiah Wright when he said Coach Stephens doesn’t know how to handle people.  Every player is different and as a coach you need to figure out the best way to teach every player on your roster.  Some players respond best to a calm demeanor, where others actually respond best to yelling and screaming.  He was far and away better at handling his players this year than he was last year, that’s for sure.  I have to give him credit for trying to improve but he has a long way to go and he admits that.  But whether you agree with his style of coaching or not, he sure knows what he’s doing.  Going 11-1 averaging over 40 points a game is not too shabby.

The Ugly

Isiah Wright

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Nothing says “selfish” like moping on the sidelines after your team wins the state championship.  For a guy that barely played at all during the season due to multiple injuries, Isiah acts like he can do no wrong.  Sure, he has talent, but he’s very injury prone, and he has an obvious character issue.  I certainly don’t feel very bad for him that he lost several of his big offers towards the end of the season.  I understand that if you get hurt and you physically can’t play, that’s one thing.  But being selfish, talking back to coaches, and not being a team player is not a problem any college coach is going to want to deal with.

Kam Carter

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I wonder if the Pitt recruiters watched this season and realized how badly they messed up.  Like Isiah Wright, Kam is an incredibly selfish player.   He didn’t care about anybody else besides himself.  He always gave the minimum effort.  He spent most of the team meetings asleep.  And he, like Isiah, got into it with his defensive line coach to the point where his coach flat out said to a college recruiter that Kam is “someone you don’t want.” With team cancers like Isiah Wright and Kam Carter, it’s hard to believe this team succeeded the way they did.

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