Former SEC football stars David Pollack and Jesse Palmer worked together in the booth for ESPN’s Thursday night broadcasts last season, but each will experience some changes to their responsibilities for the upcoming football season.
Pollack, who was a two-time SEC player of the year at Georgia, has signed a new contract with ESPN to continue his role as a college football analyst. But he no longer will be a part of the Thursday night broadcast team.
According to a Wednesday release from the company, Pollack’s multi-year extension is based on his continued role on the popular Saturday morning pregame show College GameDay, as well as an expanded role on College Football Live as the network tries to increase his presence as an in-studio personality.
“David’s analysis, insights and, most importantly, his opinions have elevated him to a top college football analyst,” said senior coordinating producer Lee Fitting, according to the release. “Having him on our studio programming, nearly on a daily basis throughout the season, maximizes his strengths and makes ESPN’s college football coverage better.”
Meanwhile, the company also announced that Palmer, who is a former starting quarterback for the Florida Gators, will have a new play-by-play partner in the booth for his work on ESPN’s Thursday night college football games this fall.
Dave Flemming will move into a two-man booth with Palmer, and the duo will be joined on the sidelines by SEC Network personality Laura Rutledge. It was announced earlier in the off-season that Rutledge would also receive a role on the SEC Network pregame show SEC Nation this fall.
Flemming, who previously called Friday night football games for ESPN, will replace former SEC Nation host Joe Tessitore in the role.
Palmer is still slated to work with legendary broadcaster Brent Musburger on the call of football games for SEC Network on Saturdays.