Former Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray has become one of the youngest people to land a national TV analyst job. Murray posted a shot of a CBS blazer to Instagram Tuesday, calling it “new game day attire”:
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He then spoke to Dawgs247 about what exactly this will entail:
“Yeah a little,” Murray told Dawgs247 when asked if he’d be working for CBS. “10 games in the booth covering college.”
Murray is likely referring to the CBS College Sports Network, which broadcasts games throughout the fall.
That’s CBSSN (formerly known as the National College Sports Network, then College Sports Television, and then CBS College Sports Network before switching to CBS Sports Network in 2011), and it may be a little off the radar for some, but they have a fair bit of college football programming, especially when it comes to home games for Group of Five conference teams against Power Five teams. In the first few weeks of this season alone, they have Oregon State – Colorado State, Boston College-Northern Illinois, Kentucky-Southern Mississippi, Vanderbilt-Middle Tennessee, and Mississippi State-Louisiana Tech, to say nothing of lots of other Group of Five games. So there’s plenty of inventory there, and it’s a great place for Murray to get his start; it’s a network available nationally, but carries maybe a little less pressure (and is more willing to go with a young broadcasting rookie) than some of the bigger networks.
Murray had an impressive college career at Georgia, setting SEC records for career passing yards (13,166) and passing touchdowns (121). But he suffered a ACL injury in his senior year, and that led to him falling to the fifth round of the 2014 NFL draft. He was taken by Kansas City and stuck with them for a couple years, but never got into a regular season game. After the Chiefs cut him in 2016, he had stints with the Cardinals and Eagles, and then was signed by the Los Angeles Rams in March, but released in May. Now, it looks like he’s moving on to the broadcast booth. He definitely has some name recognition and substantial experience as a college quarterback, and it will be interesting to see how he does.