Merritt Named Color Commentator on Clemson Football


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Clemson, SC-Former Clemson All-ACC offensive guard Will Merritt will
provide color commentary on radio broadcasts of Tiger football games
in 2003. The announcement was made by Clemson Tigers Sports
Properties and Learfield Communications.

Merritt will join veteran play-by-play broadcaster Jim Phillips, who
will be in his 36th year covering the Tigers home and away. Merritt
replaces former Clemson quarterback Rodney Williams, who resigned his
position with the network earlier this year to spend more time with
his family. Pete Yanity, sports director at WSPA TV in Spartanburg,
will return as the sideline announcer and host of the postgame show
in 2003.

Merritt played for the Tigers from 1998-2001. He was a
starter in 2000 and 2001 when he was named second-team All-ACC.
Those are the most productive Clemson teams in history in terms of
total offense. He played on three bowl teams at Clemson, including
the 2000 team that finished the season ranked 15th in the final AP
poll with a 9-3 record. He also was named to the All-ACC Academic
team each of those seasons. He graduated from Clemson in December of
2000.

Merritt worked on the Clemson Radio network pregame and
postgame shows last season, his first fall out of school. He also
provided color commentary on the television tape-delay broadcasts of
selected Clemson games in 2002. The native of Easley, SC is the
host of "The Morning Drive", a morning sports show that airs from
6:00 AM to 9:00 AM each morning on WCCP (104.9 FM) in Clemson.


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