ATLANTA – Tim Tebow has his next football job — talking about the sport on television.
The 2007 Heisman Trophy winner has been hired as analyst for the new SEC Network in a return to his Florida glory days, but he still hopes to play quarterback in the NFL.
Tebow will appear on “SEC Nation,” a pregame show that will travel to a different campus each week after the channel launches in August. The multiyear deal “will not preclude him from continuing to pursue playing opportunities in the NFL,” ESPN, which runs the SEC Network, said in a statement Monday.
Tebow, 26, did not play in the NFL in 2013 after he was cut by the New England Patriots in August. He went from a national sensation who led Denver to the playoffs in the 2011 season, to a backup with the New York Jets, to out of the league.
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“While I continue to pursue my dream of playing quarterback in the NFL, this is an amazing opportunity to be part of the unparalleled passion of college football and the SEC,” Tebow said in a statement released by ESPN.
Tebow is to make his announcing debut on ESPN during pregame coverage of the BCS National Championship Game in Pasadena, Calif., on Jan. 6.
Justin Connolly, ESPN senior vice president, called Tebow an “SEC icon with a national fan base and broad appeal.”
Ole Miss wins Music City Bowl
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Quarterback Bo Wallace ran for two touchdowns and threw for another score, and Mississippi beat Georgia Tech 25-17 in the Music City Bowl for the Rebels’ second consecutive bowl victory under coach Hugh Freeze.
Wallace made up for his three turnovers in a 17-10 Egg Bowl overtime loss to Mississippi State last month by throwing for 256 yards and running for 86 more, giving him school records for total yards in a season (3,701) and most completions in a season (283), topping Eli Manning for both.
“I knew I needed to have a good game,” said Wallace, voted the Music City Bowl’s most valuable player.
Ole Miss (8-5) has won six straight bowls and 10 of the last 11.
“I didn’t want to screw that up today,” Freeze said. “So I’m glad to win two bowl games in our first two years.”
Georgia Tech (7-6) has lost eight of nine bowls. The Yellow Jackets scored 10 points in the fourth quarter as they tried to rally before a safety with 4:22 left hurt their chances.
FORT WORTH, Texas – Keenan Reynolds ran for 86 yards with two more touchdowns and Navy won for the second time in its last seven bowl games, beating Middle Tennessee State 24-6 in the Armed Forces Bowl.
Reynolds had a 3-yard score to cap the opening drive for Navy (9-4) and added a 1-yarder in the fourth quarter.
Already with the NCAA record for touchdowns rushing by a quarterback, Reynolds increased his total to 31 to match Colorado State running back Kapri Bibbs, also a sophomore, for the national lead this season.
Middle Tennessee (8-5), which won its last five regular-season games, was held to a season low in points.