You may not remember De’Andre Johnson, but get ready to find out a lot more about him via Netflix.
Johnson was a freshman quarterback at Florida State when he was seen on video punching a woman in a bar. He was dismissed from the program shortly thereafter.
Johnson now is at East Mississippi Community College, which now is better known as "Last Chance U" thanks to a Netflix documentary.
Brittany Wagner was a big part of the documentary, and she joined the “Frank Frangie show" on 1010XL Jax Sports Radio this week and discussed Johnson’s time at EMCC.
“He’s been great,” Wagner said. “He honestly is one of my favorites – super-mature and feels very wise. He gets it and he is working hard and will be our quarterback this fall. We will be filming season two (of ‘Last Chance U’) and he will be spotlighted on that.”
What will viewers think of Johnson?
“He’s going to be boring, I think,” Wagner said, laughing. “There’s not going to be a whole lot of drama surrounding him. He’s doesn’t need me (to help him with academics); he will make it academically with or without me.”
Johnson, a former Florida "Mr. Football" at Jacksonville First Coast, was widely regarded as a model student-athlete during his high school career.
“This was a kid that never was in trouble; he was always a good student,” Frangie said of Johnson’s time at First Coast and reputation in Jacksonville. “When this happened at Florida State, our jaws dropped.”
Frangie’s opinion is commonly held in Jacksonville. And if not for the punch, Johnson may well have been Florida State’s starting quarterback this season. While the video always will haunt him, Johnson’s talent likely will provide him another opportunity to play for a Power Five program.
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