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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
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    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 […]

  • Alabama and Auburn Facing “Cupcakes” in Week Two

    Huntsville, Ala. – (WHNT) The Crimson Tide and Tigers struggled at times in their opening week games, but both came away with the win. Many people are criticizing Alabama and Auburn for the way they played against non-ranked opponents, but those critics would laugh even more at the two teams coming to town this week. FAU and San Jose State are essentially coming to Alabama to collect a paycheck and fill valuable spots on the schedule. That’s not sugar coating […]

  • Tide and Tigers Start Slow Before Notching Wins in Week One

    Huntsville, Ala. – (WHNT) Alabama led West Virginia by three at the half before clamping down defensively in a 33-23 win in Atlanta. Auburn found itself tied at 21 going into the locker room against Arkansas, and eventually broke it open late. Click on the video link to see reports from Ryan Cody and Chase Horn on the first college football Saturday. Here are some other SEC scores from Saturday: UT Martin – 14 Kentucky – 59   South Dakotah […]

  • Thursday Night High School Football (Aug. 29)

    Thursday AHSAA Scoreboard Thursday scores Class 1A Brantley 32, Luverne 12 Marengo 41, Choctaw County 6 Millry 42, Southern Choctaw 36 Wadley 22, Horseshoe Bend 20 Class 2A Reeltown 7, Dadeville 0 Class 3A Sand Rock 43, Gaylesville 14 Susan Moore 28, West End 27 Winfield 27, Carbon Hill 6 Class 4A Brooks 37, Sheffield 13 Priceville 44, West Morgan 0 Class 5A Lawrence County 26, East Lawrence 0 Class 6A Albertville 44, Grissom 24 Chilton County 33, Jemison 0 […]

  • Tanner senior eyes Rattler three-peat

    Tanner, Ala. (WHNT) – LaRon White is building quite the legacy at Tanner as his Rattlers go for a third consecutive 2A state championship. Coach White may have some company on the school’s Mount Rushmore, though. Senior linebacker Ronald Taylor is the lone player who started every game since the run began in 2012. “Most people come in 2012, but I actually played my 10th grade year,” Taylor told WHNT News 19’s Chase Horn. “Most people were just sitting on the […]

  • Gus Malzahn Releases Auburn Depth Chart

    Auburn, Ala. – (WHNT) Jeremy Johnson will start at quarterback Saturday against Arkansas, but Nick Marshall will play at some point. That’s the plan according to Gus Malzahn, but he would not say when Marshall will take his first snap. Here is Auburn’s depth chart for Saturday’s game as released by Gus Malzahn.   OFFENSE LT:          72     Shon Coleman (6-6, 310, So.) 71     Braden Smith (6-6, 299, Fr.) LG:         62     Chad Slade (6-5, 315, Sr.) 53     Devonte Danzey (6-4, 296, […]

  • Saban still waiting to make decision on starting QB

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WHNT) – Nick Saban has yet to decide on how he will use quarterbacks Blake Sims and Jacob Coker at the Crimson Tide’s season opener Saturday against West Virginia. Both Sims and Coker were listed atop Alabama’s first official depth chart of the 2014 season according to our news partners at al.com. “We’re going to continue to rep both guys,” Saban said. “We feel like both guys have been doing a very, very good job. Obviously somebody has to start the […]


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