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I am so excited to be a part of the WHNT News 19 Sports team all the way from the Texas panhandle, where I covered, among other sports, high school football. It's the single most important aspect of life to sports fans in west Texas!

However, as much as the folks in the Lone Star State need their high school football, nothing compares to the passion and desire people in our state demand for their Alabama and Auburn coverage. I can say with great confidence the sports team here at WHNT News 19 will be your best source for everything that relates to the Tigers and Crimson Tide.

After graduating from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University, I got my "big break" as a news reporter at KFDA in Amarillo. This job allowed for me to eventually move into a sports career and the rest is history!

While football is my passion, I also have a great love for many other sports. In fact, slicing my driver in to the woods, air balling layups, and getting my skis crossed up on the slopes are common activities you can find me doing in my spare time.

While I believe football is more than just a game, it still pales in comparison to the importance of family and friends in my life. My mother, father and sister are without a doubt the backbone of my existence and I owe all my successes to them.

Please do not hesitate to send me an email if there is a cool sports story going on in your town! Because after all, this whole TV news thing isn't about me, it's about you! Email me at ryan.cody@whnt.com.

One of my favorite quotes: "I can't imagine a person becoming a success who doesn't give this game of life everything he's got." - Walter Cronkite


Recent Articles
  • Stat Correction Gives Blake Sims Historic Numbers Against Florida

    Tuscaloosa, Ala. (al.com)Turns out Blake Sims’ performance Saturday was even bigger than originally stated. Three days after he threw for 445 yards and four touchdowns in the Crimson Tide’s 42-21 victory over Florida, Sims was retroactively credited with 27 more rushing yards than the 12 he had in Saturday’s stat book. That gave him 39 for the day and 484 total, putting him at No. 1 in program history for most yards in a single game. Here’s what happened: On his second-quarter […]

  • Auburn Survives Test at Kansas State

    MANHATTAN, Kansas — (al.com) It took some time, but Auburn finally got rolling and passed its first road test of the season Thursday night at Kansas State. In one of the ugliest games of the Gus Malzahn era, the fifth-ranked Tigers held on for a 20-14 win as No. 20 Kansas State charged back from a 13-point deficit with under 4 minutes remaining, scored a touchdown but couldn’t stop Auburn through the air. Nick Marshall hit D’haquille Williams with a 39-yard pass […]

  • Kerryon Johnson Receives All-American Jersey

    Huntsville, Ala. –  Kerryon Johnson is officially an Under Armour All-American. The Auburn commit accepted his invitation Wednesday morning at Madison Academy as family, friends coaches and classmates turned out to show their support. “I’m very excited,” Johnson said after putting on his game jersey. “Not every athlete gets to go through this. I have to use it to my advantage and keep it up, it’s a high standard to live up to. “Being able to be recognized as one of […]

  • Alabama Prepares for Florida, SEC Opener

    Tuscaloosa, Ala. – (WHNT) The Crimson Tide is putting it’s first three wins in the past as preparations begin for the Florida Gators. It’s the 38th meeting between Alabama and Florida with UA owning a 22-14 lead all time. Both teams are undefeated heading into their toughest test of the season. Monday, Nick Saban stressed the fact that his team needs deeper focus with six straight SEC games on the schedule. “We gotta do a little better job preparing end […]

  • Football Friday Top Plays from Week Four

    Huntsville, Ala. – (WHNT) Week number four on Football Friday is over and the show was littered with great plays. Before we move ahead to week number five, let’s take a look back at the best of the best.

  • James Clemens, Florence, and Russellville Pick Up Region Wins Thursday

    Huntsville, Ala. – (WHNT) James Clemens came from behind to defeat Hazel Green 28-24 and earn it’s first region win of the season. Florence overcame a shoulder injury to quarterback Blake Hawkins and beat Cullman 28-24. Roland Adams rushed for 129 yards and two scores in the win. Russellville eventually pulled away from Columbia at Milton Frank stadium to improve it’s record to 3-0, 28-8. Here are the rest of the high school football scores from around Alabama on Thursday. […]

  • The softer Side of Jaylan Stevenson

    Decatur, Ala. – (WHNT) Jaylan Stevenson delivered the shot heard all over Decatur last Friday night. The Red Raiders senior wide receiver lowered his shoulder on a carry in the first half and ran over an Austin defender. “It made me feel like somebody,” Stevenson said about the play. “Like I had a point to prove. It shocked myself cause I wasn’t expecting to do all that, I just knew I had to do what I had to do to get […]

  • It’s Game Week at UNA

    FLORENCE, Ala. — After spending the first two weeks of the college football season on the sideline, it is finally game week for the University of North Alabama as the Lions turn their attention to their September 13 season-opener at Mississippi College. It will be the latest season-opening game for a UNA team since 1975 but the Lions will then play for 10 consecutive weeks. “We’re excited that it’s finally game week,” said UNA Head Football Coach Bobby Wallace. “It’s […]

  • Stars Fall 4-3, Lookouts Take Series Lead

    Huntsville, AL-The Chattanooga Lookouts led wire-to-wire Thursday night in the Southern League North Division Playoffs and held off the Huntsville Stars with a 4-3 victory. The Lookouts lead the best-of-five series 1-0 as it continues Friday in Huntsville. The Lookouts didn’t waste any time scoring early runs off Huntsville starter Drew Gagnon(0-1). In the top of the first inning, Daniel Mayora struck an rbi double over centerfielder Erik Komatsu’s head giving the Lookouts a 1-0 lead. In the top of […]

  • Thursday Night High School Football

    Huntsville, Ala. – (WHNT) The Albertville Aggies put some early mistakes in the rear view mirror and defeated Lee 22-0 at Louis Crews Stadium. Over in the river city, Decatur Heritage defeated Shoals Christian 38-32. Grayson Wakefield threw a touchdown pass with 18 seconds left to give his eagles the lead for good.

  • Meet the Kick Returner Who Wants to Look as Goods as He Plays

    Athens, Ala. – (WHNT) The quickest way to turn around a game is on special teams. Terrance Watkins is a game changer on the Athens kick return team, taking two kicks back in the season’s first two weeks. “You have to be fearless,” Golden Eagles head coach Allen Creasy said about the art of kick returning.  “You have to be able to catch the ball and run with speed. Kind of like a race car driver, you have to run […]

  • Stars Need to Win the Series, Or Friday Will Be the Last Home Game in History

    Huntsville, Ala. – (WHNT) Unless the Stars win their opening round series with the Lookouts, this is the last weekend of baseball at Joe Davis Stadium. Huntsville is hosting games one and two before the action shifts to Chattanooga. The team is moving to Biloxi for the 2015 season which will end it’s 29 year run in the rocket city. The season hangs in the balance which adds some pressure, but the pressure of giving Huntsville more baseball is something […]

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