It was announced earlier this week that former Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy has joined the fledgling SEC Network as an analyst.
Former Florida quarterback Tim Tebow had already joined.
McElroy has the star power of the Alabama name behind him. He also has his own national championship with the Tide, as Tebow had at Florida.
Tebow has a Heisman Trophy and his own larger-than-life persona.
I doubt the SEC Network will have an analyst spot for a former player from each team. But who would be the best options for Ole Miss?
You have to start by answering the question of what makes a good analyst? Knowledge is important, but you have to be able to communicate that knowledge and get your thoughts to the viewer. You have to be a talker. You have to be able to contribute in conversation and roll with it.
Humor is good. You don’t have to be Jerry Seinfeld, but you can pick your spots and show viewers your personality.
You can also be humorless and be successful. Know your topic, and give strong supporting information and analysis.
Using a window of the McElroy and Tebow age range and era until the present day, I’m submitting a list of five. Leave your additions, modifications below:
Kentrell Lockett: As verbal an athlete as I’ve covered.
Robert Lane: Humor would not be his thing but knowledge of the game, history with the game as son of a former college player and coach, would be strong assets.
Mike Wallace: Rivals Lockett as a talker, passionate.
Emmanuel McCray: Intelligent and well-spoken, not thrown off course by hard topics.
Jeremiah Masoli: His greatest college exploits may make him more suited for the Pac-12 Network. I like the perspective he would bring as a guy who played college football in two of the major conferences and in two very different areas of the US.