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Tim Tebow’s career as a broadcaster is about to take another turn, as he will make his in-booth debut as a college football game analyst at the Dec. 31 Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl.

Tebow is scheduled to provide commentary with play-by-play man Joe Tessitore, fellow analyst Brock Huard and field reporter Shannon Spake on ESPN’s New Year’s Eve broadcast, according to Stephanie Druley, ESPN Senior Vice President of Production, College Networks. It will be Tebow’s first full game in the booth after doing brief guest commentary on Florida’s 36-30 overtime win vs. Kentucky on Sept. 13.

“I love the game and it’s been an incredible learning experience on the television side this fall,” Tebow told USA TODAY Sports via email. “SEC Nation has become my second family. The bowl season simply provided the opportunity to contribute in a different way and share my passion for the game in-motion as a game analyst. I have a great respect for the booth and feel blessed to be joining a team of veterans for the Peach Bowl in my first game role.”

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Druley met Tebow in January, before he had joined the traveling studio cast of SEC Nation. She said she has been most impressed with the way he studies and prepares for broadcasts. “He’s all in from the film side of things,” she said. “He will know these teams as well as anyone possibly could.”

It will help to have his studio host by his side, too. Tessitore has been a constant tutor on studio matters.

Because of Tebow’s work with the SEC Network, one of the teams in the Peach Bowl already will be familiar. The game pits SEC West member Mississippi against TCU, which finished sixth in the final College Football Playoff rankings.

“The preparation hasn’t been very different than prepping for SEC Nation each week,” Tebow said via email. “Only, instead of studying at least 14 schools, I am immersing myself in two. I’ve had the chance to sit in several game production meetings and also spend some time in the booth this season. I’ll spend time with Joe Tessitore prior to the game, and our researcher, and bring my perspective as a player to the action on the field.”

The booth assignment will not affect Tebow’s work with the SEC Network or SEC Nation, Druley said.

“His preparation all season has been phenomenal,” Druley said of Tebow. “If he’s half as good as he’s been on the studio side, we’re going to be very fortunate to have him there.”