For the 2022 high school football season, WEIS welcomes two new additions to the sports team, 24-year-old Will Davis and 27-year-old Trent Dickeson. The duo will be on call for Foothills Tractor High School’s Football Game of the Week this season, starting Thursday, August 18 for the Sand Rock game at Spring Garden.
“For the past 25 years, Nolen Sanford has been our lead broadcaster, and he’s done a great job,” said WEIS General Manager Jerry Baker. “Nolen wants to slow down a bit and spend more time closer to home, but he will always be with us for the first games in a support and advisory role. He will help acclimate our two new broadcasters Will Davis and Trent Dickeson. Will will do play by play and Trent will be our color analyst. I think both are very well suited for this situation. Both bring with them years of experience.
“Will has been streaming in Tennessee for several years playing per game and as a color analyst. Trent who not only brings broadcast experience from other stations over the past three years, but he has also been an official on the football field and in the basketball gymnasium. He brings a lot of experience with him to be able to do a great job.
“Trent, our color analyst, just finished his master’s degree at the University of Florida. He brings his master’s degree in sports management. Will is working on his masters this year at Shorter, so he’ll be doing that while he’s streaming with us. Both bring not only a high degree of talent, but also an education.
“We couldn’t be more excited to have this quality. We’ve had high caliber people for years, and I think we’ve managed to match that with these young men.
WEIS Radio athletic director Shannon Fagan recently sat down with Davis and Dickeson for a Q&A. Today’s article is about Davis. The Dickeson feature will follow on Saturday.
Q: Will, are you excited to start your first football season with WEIS?
A: ” I have a lot of experience. I’ve been on a lot of radio stations, and from what I can tell, Jerry Baker and a lot of other WEIS radio staff, I’m really, really excited. Everybody is happy. Everyone is lively, friendly. It’s one of the most unique environments I’ve ever seen. I’m just super, super excited.
Q: Tell a little about your background, perhaps the links with the region.
A: “My grandparents (Phil and Margaret Davis) are from the Centre. They moved to Georgia. It’s kind of where they raised my family. My dad (Lance Davis) is from that area. Just like my mother (Dana Davis). They somehow met in Cave Spring (Ga.). We are often in the center. I grew up here. I did the Cave Spring tour. I was also in the Center up to a certain point. We like to come here all the time – Christmas, summer. It’s just a great environment and I’m just excited to be back and very, very happy.
Q: You are going to team up with another promising young broadcaster. How do you feel growing up with someone close to your age?
A: “It’s something I’ve had before. In the past, when I’ve been broadcasting, I’ve had tremendous basketball experience. I streamed basketball for over seven years. For the past two years (at WZYX in Cowan, Tennessee), I’ve had my own personal commentator, Amanda Rider. She has a lot of basketball experience. She’s a great softball player. We both met at Martin Methodist College. We like to call basketball. The last two years, when I was on the radio, I said, ‘Hey, can you come and broadcast with me?’ She filled in like a wonderful color. She was nervous on the air, but I brought her with me and I love how we banter back and forth. We really connect on air. She was about a year younger than me. To have someone the same age as me, somewhat in a similar situation, means a lot to me and it really lets me know that things are going to be fine and that we are going to be able to work together.
Q: Which games intrigue you the most in this season’s broadcast schedule?
A: “I’ve heard a lot about the quality of football here from talking to Jerry Baker. Watching the program with WEIS radio, it’s a packed program with a lot of great games, matchups that people want to listen to and people really support in Cherokee County.
Q: Just talk about getting your feet wet, so to speak, with this first game we’re going to do. It’s a Thursday night game between Sand Rock and Spring Garden, two county rivals.
A: “There’s nothing better than starting the high school football season than with a rivalry. I come from rivalry football. You can compare this one to Alabama and Auburn. I graduated from Coffee County Central High School (Manchester, Tenn.) Our big rival was Tullahoma. Sand Rock and Spring Garden, that kind of showdown, I know everyone will be out for blood in this game. I’m super excited to call it.
Q: You will follow a distinguished line of WEIS football broadcasters, the last two being veterans Nolen Sanford and Mike Hathcock. How proud are you to pick up and carry the torch of veteran guys like Nolen and Mike?
A: “When I heard these two guys’ years of experience, I kind of said, ‘How the hell am I going to fill these shoes? Hearing all that they’ve done and all that these guys have achieved, the experience that they’ve had, that’s what keeps me going. It’s kind of a challenge for me. I’m always looking for the next challenge. I want to carry on that same legacy, kind of continue and build, and do a great show on WEIS.
Q: Do you have anything else to add?
A: “With Trent being a high school referee, playing different ball games and being an official, that’s one of the most important parts of a show. That’s the main reason I’m excited. He is a civil servant. He knows the rules. He knows the procedures, the course of the game, everything that happens there. One of the problems I have, being in the booth, being in the press gallery, some of my famous words are “I guess they saw something I didn’t see.” I’m very happy to have someone who can point out things like that. This will really refine the spread and make it look nothing short of spectacular.