If you’re starved for some football heading into the last weekend of July, Netflix may have just the thing you need to curb your appetite.
On Friday, the streaming service released a six-part documentary on the East Mississippi Community College program titled “Last Chance U.”
The program has housed many SEC stars, such as former Ole Miss QB Bo Wallace, current Rebels QB Chad Kelly, former Alabama DL Jarran Reed, new Auburn QB John Franklin III and many more.
Here’s a look at the trailer:
Located in Scooba, Miss., the rural football factory is known for extending a hand to football players in need of a second chance and helping them return to the spotlight of the national scene.
While it has only been available on the streaming service since early Friday morning, the reviews of “Last Chance U” are already starting to roll in on the series.
The New York Times featured a synopsis of the series in its “What’s on TV Friday” segment:
LAST CHANCE Uon Netflix. East Mississippi Community College, in tiny Scooba, isn’t the school of choice for most football players. But for some, it’s their only hope. The Lions, the college’s three-time national championship team, is a feeder of sorts for players hoping to be recruited by a Division I college or an N.F.L. team (nine have already made it), but whose issues — academic, behavioral and even legal — are holding them back. Buddy Stephens is the tough-love coach who whips these men into fighting condition both on and off the field. Brittany Wagner is the academic adviser who helps them maintain the grades required to stay in play. Greg Whiteley directed this six-episode series, based on a GQ article by Drew Jubera.
The Undefeated’s Jerry Bembry has watched the series, and called it “compelling and brutal” in his review:
The opening 100 seconds are jarring, capturing a ferocious game fight that’s beautifully shot by Whiteley’s crew (and plays a more prominent role later in the series). What follows is an entertaining six hours where the language is raw, the football is brutal and the storytelling is compelling.