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A consistent voice in College Sports, Jason Benetti joined ESPN as a play-by-play announcer
for college basketball in 2011 and since then has called college football, baseball and lacrosse
games, as well as high school football. Benetti has worked for plenty of different organizations
like Time Warner Cable Sports, Fox Sports 1, Big East Conference and more. A Syracuse
University graduate in 2005, Benetti has cerebral palsy, which impacts his balance and ability
to walk but not his on-air work.
In addition to his ESPN responsibilities, Benetti is entering his fourth year as television play-byplay
announcer for Major League Basebeball’s Chicago White Sox.
A former quarterback at Colorado State University and three different NFL teams, Kelly Stouffer
joined ESPN in 2012 as a college football analyst and serves as the color commentator with
Jason Benetti. Stouffer started off calling various games for ESPN Regional Television back
in 2003 and in 2007, he became a color analyst for college football on Versus and NFL Europe
on the NFL Network. During his time at Colorado State University, he set the all-time record
for yards passing and was taken in the rst round by the Seattle Seahawks in 1987 where he set
a rookie record with the Seahawks for the most yards passing in a game.
Joining ESPN in 2015, Olivia Dekker was hired as a sideline reporter for college football games,
working with Jason Benetti and Kelly Stouffer on ESPN or ESPN2 Friday Primetime games.
A former employee for the SEC Network, Dekker previously was a sideline reporter for Green
Bay Packers preseason games on Packers TV Network and a host of ACC All-Access and sideline
reporter for Atlanta Hawks games on Fox Sports South. Dekker started covering SEC teams back
when she was a student at the University of Georgia before she graduated in 2014, creating
and hosting “Dawg Sitting,” a weekly pro le on a different football player, served as the football
beat reporter and host of “Game Day” on Saturday mornings from Sanford Stadium.