Former SEC standouts Booger McFarland and Jesse Palmer will be among several personalities assuming new roles across ESPN’s studio coverage for college football this season.
ESPN announced the moves on Tuesday with college football season less than six weeks away.
McFarland, a former LSU defensive lineman and First-Team All-American who’s worked with SEC Network the last three years, will join former Texas coach Mack Brown as an analyst in the ABC studio. Kevin Neghandi will anchor the three-man team.
One of the most outspoken minds in the SEC landscape, McFarland talked about going national in that role with The Advocate on Tuesday.
“Very excited,” McFarland said. “I’ve enjoyed the last three years getting to talk about the schools in the SEC. This is the next step, expanding and being able to discuss more teams around the country. It’s still going to be the same me in the studio: honest and informative and entertain people.”
The Tigers gave their alum a shoutout this afternoon.
— LSU Football (@LSUfootball) July 25, 2017
Gonna be a fun ride this fall https://t.co/9ATd1xdH9z
— Booger (@ESPNBooger) July 25, 2017
Jesse Palmer, the former Florida Gator quarterback, recently got a new contract with the company and will now be a regular studio analyst in the ESPN studio on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays this season.
Palmer will work alongside Joey Galloway and anchor Adnan Virk.
McFarland has become a familiar face on SporsCenter and College Football Live. He’s also co-hosted Mike & Mike or been a regular guest on the show.
Palmer, who joined ESPN 10 years ago, has been calling ESPN’s Thursday night primetime games for nearly that entire span. He spent the last three years at SEC Network calling SEC Saturday Night.
Meanwhile, former Oregon head coach Chip Kelly will be a part of ESPN2’s studio coverage on Saturdays.