By Hayden Bonine
The 2017 college football season is almost in full swing, bringing new faces to new places and new teams to new heights. Some of these new faces are in the public eye more than others, such is the case with former East Mississippi Community College football players staring on Netflix’s Last Chance U. Last Chance U is a Netflix original film series that follows the EMCC Lions as their players fight for offers to a coveted FBS school. Both of Last Chance U’s seasons debuted in late July, first in 2016. Two players from the wildly popular series’ second season are playing against Oklahoma State this season, Dakota Allen and Kamonte “Kam” Carter.
Dakota Allen, linebacker, Texas Tech
Dakota Allen played linebacker for Texas Tech as a redshirt freshman in 2015. He established himself as a force. His productivity showed when looking at the team’s defensive stat sheet for the season. Allen galvanized the Texas Tech defense, placing second in total tackles and interceptions. Notably, Allen faced OSU in 2015 and played well, recording five tackles and intercepting a Mason Rudolph pass. In the spring of 2016, Allen was dismissed from the team because he failed to uphold student-athlete expectations. Following the dismissal, he transferred to EMCC. Allen was depicted in Last Chance U as a changed man: intelligent, intellectual and a focused leader. After a stellar season with EMCC, Allen was given the opportunity to return to Texas Tech. He chose to return to Texas Tech, turning down Ole Miss and Mississippi State. This season, Allen is a junior. The Red Raiders need his playmaking ability because they were last among FBS teams in total yards allowed. Sept. 30, watch out for Allen wearing No. 40.
Kamonte “Kam” Carter, defensive tackle, Pittsburgh
In March 2016, Kamonte “Kam” Carter was dismissed from the Penn State football program because of an undisclosed violation of team rules. After the dismissal, Carter found a spot on EMCC’s roster. Carter was a highly-touted recruit in high school. He was aware of his own press clippings and that ballooned his ego to feel comfortable breaking the Nittany Lions’ team rules. His problems were chronicled on the show, portraying Carter frequently infuriating his superiors at EMCC with his apathy and authority-challenging manner. Despite these shortcomings, Carter turned in a productive season at EMCC, highlighted with 36 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, two sacks and one interception. Carter accepted a scholarship to Pittsburgh. He will wear No. 5 on Sept. 16 as a defensive lineman for the Panthers.