Aug 27, 2013
By Phillip Marshall
Dawn Davenport loved Auburn from the first time she visited. She loved it so much that she turned down volleyball scholarship offers from other schools to walk on for the Tigers.
"I loved absolutely every second of it," said Davenport, who was from Peachtree City, Ga. "Once you go there you bleed orange and blue."
Davenport majored in mass communications and has gone on to a successful television career as a sportscaster and now as a news anchor. She is the morning show anchor at WKRN, the ABC affiliate in Nashville.
Athletics was a daily part of Davenport's family. Her father was a walk-on basketball player at Duke, her mother was a cheerleader at Georgia and her brother was a walk-on basketball player at Auburn.
Saturday night, when Auburn opens its football season against Washington State at Jordan-Hare Stadium, Davenport will be back as the sideline reporter for ESPNU. It'll be her year with ESPN, but she's not new to sideline reporting. She's worked Tennessee Titans games for her station and has worked college games with CSS.
"It's really exciting," Davenport said. "I haven't had a chance to get back to a lot of Auburn games. I've always had to work. I've covered two Auburn games in my time here. It's really exciting to me because it's a new gig and it's a place I'm comfortable with. I'm excited I get to go back."
"One of the challenges for me is I'm used to doing teams I go watch practice every day," Davenport said. "I'm not at practice every day, so I have to rely on outside research, at least the beginning of the season. Not being there to kind of see what is going on is kind of the biggest challenge for me."
Phillip Marshall is a Senior Writer for AuburnTigers.com. Follow Marshall on Twitter: