SEC Spring Football Games Commentator Assignments and Special Features

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SEC Spring Football Games Commentator Assignments and Special Features

ESPN television commentators and ESPN.com writer tackle a day-in-the-life of an SEC official at Georgia game
Joe Tessitore, Joey Galloway and Kirk Herbstreit call Alabama game from sidelines

For the second consecutive year, every Spring Football Game played in the Southeastern Conference will be nationally televised by an ESPN network. This year’s games are highlighted with an immersive experience into SEC officiating at the Georgia game on Saturday, April 22, and a unique field-access view during the Alabama game that same afternoon.

ESPN is surrounding Georgia’s Red & Black game with six additional television commentators and an ESPN.com writer to shadow and participate as referees throughout the day. Kevin Carter, Chris Doering, Brock Huard, Barrett Jones, Greg McElroy, Maria Taylor and ESPN.com’s Ed Aschoff, will take fans inside prep meetings, referee positioning & roles, as well as game calls. The SEC Coordinator of Football Officials Steve Shaw  will serve as the game’s “white hat”. He will be wired and also wear a head cam for additional officiating viewpoints.  SEC Network + plans to stream a singular Ump Cam view throughout, available on the ESPN app and WatchESPN.

Traditional game coverage on SEC Network will be provided by Dave Neal and Matt Stinchcomb.

The ESPN telecast  commentating team of Joe Tessitore, Kirk Herbstreit and Joey Galloway are ditching the booth for the sidelines on April 22 at Alabama’s A-Day game. Last year, Galloway and Herbstreit provided analysis and interviews from the field, and this year Tessitore, who has called the last two College Football Playoff National Championship games from the sidelines as part of ESPN’s MegaCast – will join them.

Eleven games are scheduled for SEC Network throughout the month of April, with one game on ESPNU and one on ESPN. Vanderbilt’s Spring Showcase was covered March 25 and 26 in SEC Now. The first SEC Spring Game of the year kicks off this Saturday, April 1 at noon ET, in Columbia, S.C.

Full line-up of commentator assignments:

Date Time (ET) Programming Network
Sat, Apr 1 noon* South Carolina Spring Game: Garnett-Black Spring Game
Taylor Zarzour, Greg McElroy & Peter Burns
SEC Network
Fri, Apr 7 7:30 p.m. Florida Spring Game: Orange & Blue Debut
Clay Matvick, Kevin Carter & Chris Doering
SEC Network
Sat, Apr 8 noon Ole Miss Spring Game: Grove Bowl
Joe Tessitore, Greg McElroy & Laura Rutledge
SEC Network
2 p.m. Texas A&M Spring Game
Chris Cotter, Andre Ware & Cole Cubelic
ESPNU
2 p.m. Auburn Spring Game: A-Day
Adam Amin, Brock Huard & Lauren Sisler
SEC Network
4 p.m. Mississippi State Spring Game: Maroon-White Game
Mike Corey, Jordan Rodgers & Kevin Weidl
SEC Network
Fri, Apr 14 7:30 p.m. Kentucky Spring Game: Kentucky Blue-White Game
Taylor Zarzour, Chris Doering & Dawn Davenport
SEC Network
Sat, Apr 15 2 p.m. Missouri Spring Game: Black & Gold Game
Clay Matvick, Cole Cubelic & Lauren Sisler
SEC Network
Sat, Apr 22 2 p.m. Georgia Spring Game: G-Day
Dave Neal, Matt Stinchcomb & Maria Taylor
SEC Network
3 p.m. Alabama Spring Game: A-Day
Joe Tessitore, Kirk Herbstreit, Joey Galloway & Laura Rutledge
ESPN
4 p.m. Tennessee Spring Game: Orange & White Game
Clay Matvick, Clint Stoerner & Jerry Punch
SEC Network
8 p.m. LSU Spring Game: National L-Club Day
Tom Hart, Andre Ware & Tom Luginbill
SEC Network
Sat, Apr 29 1 p.m. Arkansas Spring Game: Red-White Spring Game
Chris Cotter, Clint Stoerner & Kris Budden
SEC Network

*previously scheduled for 2 p.m. ET

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Gracie Blackburn

Gracie is the Communications Manager for ESPN’s College Networks. She handles all media requests and questions concerning SEC Network and Longhorn Network. Gracie also supports on college sports airing across ESPN networks.
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