Career Note: Fifth-year senior has 30 catches for 326 yards while tallying 14 tackles (5 solo, 9 assists) and a tackle for loss during his career...began career as a linebacker before moving to tight end in 2008...expected to be the team's top tight end in 2010.
2009: Played in nine games at tight end as a junior, including starts against Houston (10/17), Southern Miss (10/24), UTEP (11/7), Rice (11/14) and UCF (11/21)...led all tight ends and ranked fourth on the team in catches (10) and receiving yards (81)...tied a career high with three catches for a season-best 31 yards at Rice...also had two-catch outings at LSU (10/31), vs UTEP and at UCF...off the field, was a member of the Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll and Tulane's 3.0 Club.
2008: Made successful move from linebacker to tight end and played in all 12 games as a sophomore, including starts vs Louisiana-Monroe (9/20), SMU (9/25) and Army (10/4)...led all tight ends and ranked fourth on the team in receiving yards (245) and tied for fourth in receptions (20)...had at least one catch in nine games, posting career highs with three-catch performances against UL-Monroe and Tulsa (11/22)...tallied a career-best 55 receiving yards vs UL-Monroe, including a career-long 37-yard gain...also had two-catch outings at Alabama (9/6), vs East Carolina (9/12), vs SMU, vs Rice (10/25) and at Memphis (11/29)...off the field, was a member of the C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll and Tulane's 3.0 Club.
2007: Saw action in 11 games at linebacker as a redshirt-freshman, including starts vs Southeastern Louisiana (9/22), Memphis (10/27), UTEP (11/10) and East Carolina (11/24)...finished with seven tackles (3 solo, 4 assists) and a half tackle for loss...tied a career high with three tackles (all assists) and a half tackle for loss vs Tulsa (11/3)...posted two solo tackles in first career start vs SLU...added single-tackle performances vs Mississippi State (9/8) and ECU...off the field, was a member of the C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll and Tulane's 3.0 Club.
2006: Played in first three games at linebacker as a true freshman before suffering a season-ending injury at LSU (9/23)...received a medical hardship...posted five tackles (1 solo, 4 assists) and a half tackle for loss for the year...tallied a career-best three tackles (all assists) and a half tackle for loss at Houston (9/9)...off the field, was a member of the C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll and Tulane's 3.0 Club.
High School: Earned all-state, all-region, All-KOGT Defensive MVP, All-Orange Leader Defensive MVP, All-Orange County Defensive MVP, Port Arthur News Super Team and all-district honors as a senior after posting 88 tackles, including 44 solo stops, and three interceptions...a two-time Orange County Athlete of the Year with all-district and all-county honors in four sports for four years...claimed all-district Newcomer of the Year honors as a sophomore...a two-way standout as a weak-side defensive end and split end where he helped the team advance to the district and, regional finals in 2005...helped his team register a 9-2 record during his senior season...also lettered in baseball, basketball and track and field...off the field, was a member of the Academic All-State Team, president of the National Honor Society, and was a Rotary International Leadership Conference Counselor and Scholarship recipient.
Personal: Born Cody Layne Sparks on October 7, 1987, in Beaumont, Texas...one of four children of David and Nell Sparks...majoring in consumer behavior and marketing.
Sparks' Career Offensive Statistics
Sparks' Career Defensive Statistics
*received medical redshirt