Helton brings Tyson Summers and Enrique Davis onto his staff


WKU Athletics

Western Kentucky University head coach Tyson Helton roams the sidelines at Cardinal Stadium on Sept. 12, 2020. 

Wyatt Sparkman, Sports Editor

WKU Football head coach Tyson Helton made his first staff hires for the 2022 season, bringing on Enrique Davis and Tyson Summers. 

Summers will be co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach for the 2022 season. He was most recently at Central Florida where he was the defensive analyst. Before Summers went to Tallahassee, he was the defensive coordinator at Colorado State for two seasons. 

Helton and Summers coached together for four years at Alabama-Birmingham. Summers’ most recent successes came when he was the defensive quality control coach at Georgia in 2017 and 2018. He helped the Bulldogs win the SEC Championship and two SEC East Division titles while coaching in the National Championship game in the 2017-18 season.

Summers’ extensive 20-year career coaching included a stint as head coach at Georgia Southern, boasting a less than impressive 5-13 record over two years. 

Davis worked as the New York Jets’ offensive quality control coach in the preseason of 2021 before coaching at Division III McMurray University for the 2021 year.

Davis played at Ole Miss from 2008-2011, earning SEC Newcomer of the Year in 2008. He won two Cotton Bowls with the Rebels before having opportunities with the Atlanta Falcons, Denver Broncos and Miami Dolphins. 

The former Ole Miss running back will be WKU’s running back coach for the upcoming year, replacing former running back coach Carlos Locklyn, who was hired by Oregon as its running backs coach in December.

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