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78   Matt Sparks
Matt Sparks

Class:
Junior

Hometown:
Mililani, Hawaii

High School:
Punahou School

Height / Weight:
6-4 / 280

Position:
OL


08/26/2014

UMass Football 2014 Season Preview

A look at the squad ahead of the season-opener versus Boston College on Saturday

06/28/2014

VIDEO: UMass Football Spends Summer Helping At Holyoke Boys & Girls Club

Check out the great work the Minutemen are doing in Holyoke as mentors and friends to area youth.

04/01/2014

VIDEO: Football Spring Practice - Day 8 - Offensive Line

Spotlight on the UMass football offensive line at practice on April 1

01/24/2014

Five Minutemen Earn MAC All-Academic Honors For 2013 Season

Devin Brown, Matt Sparks, Jeff Strait earn All-MAC honors; Ricardo Miller, David Osei named honorable mention

10/23/2013

Q&A With UMass Football Offensive Lineman Matt Sparks

The native of Hawaii talks football, life on the island and surfing.

09/06/2014

FB vs. COLORADO

FB vs. COLORADO Photos by Thom Kendall '93

09/07/2013

FB VS. MAINE

FB VS. MAINE Photos by Thom Kendall'93

10/20/2012

FB vs. BOWLING GREEN

FB vs. BOWLING GREEN Photos by Thom Kendall '93

09/20/2012

FB vs. MICHIGAN

FB vs. MICHIGAN Photos by Thom Kendall '93

As A Junior in 2014: Game-By-Game Statistics
Served as the starting center against Boston College (8/30) and Colorado (9/6) ... Was the center for UMass when the Minutemen totaled 346 yards of offense at Vanderbilt (9/13).

As A Sophomore In 2013: Game-By-Game Statistics
Started 11 of the 12 games he played in ... Held the role of center on the offensive line ... Helped to lead the offensive line group which excelled in pass protection with just 16 sacks allowed over the 12-game schedule ... UMass was tied for fifth in the league for fewest sacks allowed in 2013 ... Also helped the run game improve in year two at the Football Bowl Subdivision as UMass rushed for over 1,500 yards on the ground and averaged 125.2 yards per game in 2013 compared to 1,075 yards rushing and an 89.6 per game average in 2012 ... Was the starting center for the Minutemen in the season-opening contest at No. 23 Wisconsin (8/31) ... Appeared against Maine (9/7) and started at Kansas State (9/14) ... Added more starts at center against Vanderbilt (9/21) and Bowling Green (10/5) ... Was the center when UMass totaled 376 yards of offense in the win over Miami (Ohio) on Oct. 12 ... Continued as the starting center at Buffalo (10/19) and against Western Michigan (10/26) ... Helped Lorenzo Woodley rush for 163 yards and a touchdown against No. 17/21 Northern Illinois (11/2).

As A Freshman In 2012: Game-By-Game Statistics
Played in six games, starting three on the offensive line ... First snaps with the Minutemen came at No. 17 Michigan (9/15) ... Also made appearances against Western Michigan (10/6), Bowling Green (10/20), Vanderbilt (10/27), Northern Illinois (11/3) and Buffalo (11/17).

Before UMass: Named to the 2011 ESPN High School All-Hawaii Football Team ... Earned first team all-conference honors under head coach Kale Anae at The Punahou School.

Personal: Matthew Steven Sparks ... Born November 25, 1994 in Honolulu, Hawaii ... Son of Cary and Heidi Sparks ... Brother of Jacob and Rachael ... Majoring in engineering.

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    Event Calendar

    Saturday, Sept 20
    at Penn State 4:00 PM gametracker
    Saturday, Sept 27
    vs Bowling Green 3:00 PM gametracker
    Saturday, Oct 4
    at Miami (Oh) TBA
    Saturday, Oct 11
    at Kent State TBA
    Saturday, Oct 18
    vs Eastern Michigan TBA gametracker
    Saturday, Oct 25
    at Toledo 2:00 PM
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