ATHENS, Ga. – Before Nicholls State defensive lineman Marcel Andry played a role in the Colonels’ near upset of a ranked Georgia team last Saturday, he was playing another notable part elsewhere.
Andry, a junior college transfer, was one of the main characters showcased on the Netflix documentary series “Last Chance U,” which followed the East Mississippi Community College football team.
“‘Last Chance U’ did (have) a big impact on myself,” Andry said. “Being a guy that took off three years of football, to go to JUCO and be where I’m at. It put a huge bullseye (on me). I wouldn’t say I’m a celebrity, but it’s been positive feedback.”
In Nicholls’ 26-24 loss against the Bulldogs, Andry had two solo tackles, including one third-down stop of star running back Nick Chubb in the second quarter.
Colonels defensive tackle Ronald Ollie, who had four tackles in the tackle, also was featured on “Last Chance U,” though he was not made available for comment after the game.
Even though Georgia receives more national attention than the FCS program, Andry said some players were curious about their experience on the show.
“Afterwards, they had a couple of questions,” Andry said, smiling. “‘Y’all boys are famous.’ Nah, I’m not famous, man. But it’s been a positive feedback with ‘Last Chance U.’”
Andry said he believes the show did a good job telling the story of the players, coaches and program.
“It was pretty much accurate,” Andry said. “We went through some tough times as a team. But it brought us closer together, just like this game will do with us this year. This Georgia game will bring us closer together. We’re going to the right direction.”
Among other players featured on the six-part series released this summer include Auburn quarterback John Franklin III and Mississippi State quarterback Wyatt Roberts, a walk-on. Current Ole Miss quarterback Chad Kelly, among other notable players, also played for East Mississippi Community College in recent years.
EMCC has one of the top junior college programs in the nation, having won the NJCAA national championship in 2011, 2013 and 2014. For this past season, the one “Last Chance U” showed, the Lions were held out of the postseason after a sideline clearing brawl against Mississippi Delta.
“Last Chance U” has since been renewed for a second season. Former Georgia defensive lineman Chauncey Rivers, who enrolled at EMCC following his dismissal in May, likely will be featured on the show.
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