The evolution of Raiders’ Denico Autry


Autry spent 2010 and 2011 playing for Buddy Stephens. (Courtesy of EMCC)

Denico Autry routinely broke into the athletic facility at East Mississippi Community College, scaling a 14-foot wall and disabling the security camera.

You might recall the school’s name from the popular Netflix series “Last Chance U,” featuring a junior college football powerhouse in Scooba, Mississippi where players flock for a “last chance” to earn a Division I scholarship.

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Autry enrolled right out of small Albemarle High School, located an hour northeast of Charlotte, North Carolina. East Mississippi is surrounded by nothing. Autry and friends just wanted a respite from the boredom.

“Denico and all his buddies would break into our building so that they could shoot basketball,” said Buddy Stephens, head coach at EMCC and star of the Netflix show. “So nobody would know who was breaking in and playing basketball, he would climb a 14-foot wall and unhook the camera so that nobody could see. They would climb down, play basketball for two hours.

“He would climb back up, hook the camera back up and shimmy back down the other side. And guess what? He would climb it like he was Spiderman.”

“They would lock everything up and we’d kinda be stuck in the rooms,” Autry said Wednesday with a smile. “But some of the guys, we used to get out and have …read more

Source:: The Mercury News

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