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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

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    Alabama & Auburn Pick Up Wins on the First College Football Saturday of 2015

    Huntsville, Ala. (WHNT) Derrick Henry powered the Tide to a 35-17 victory over Wisconsin in Arlington texas while Auburn’s defense stole the show for a win over Louisville in Atlanta. Here are some other scores from around the SEC on Saturday. Wisconsin – 17 Alabama – 35   Louisville – 24 Auburn – 31   UTEP – 13 Arkansas – 48   Tennessee-Martin – 3 Ole Miss – 76   SE Missouri – 3 Missouri – 34   New Mexico […]

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    Will Ignont Keeps Level Head as State’s Top 2017 Recruit

    New Market, Ala. (WHNT) As the list of schools to offer Buckhorn Linebacker Will Ignont grows, his focus remains the same. Ignont is the state’s top recruit for the class of 2017 and right now has his choice of 16 division one football programs to play for. “Mississippi State, Alabama, Auburn, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, Nebraska, Penn State,” Ignont paused to think of the others while talking to WHNT News 19’s Chase Horn. “Southern Miss, Troy, Charlotte, UCLA.” South […]

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    Auburn’s Roc Thomas earns the start at running back

    Auburn, Ala. (WHNT) – Roc Thomas will get the first carry this season at running for Auburn, but he may not get the last. Gus Malzahn released the Tiger’s two-deep depth chart on Tuesday and said he’ll have competition at that spot. “Roc is a guy that has had a good spring and a good fall camp. He will be the first guy to go out there, but those other two guys will play. We kind of talked about that for […]

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    Auburn’s Depth Chart A Mixture of Youth and Experience

    Auburn, Ala. (WHNT) One of the first things you notice on Auburn’s newly released depth chart is an abundance of youth. Gus Malzahn’s confidence level is high, but he knows there could be growing pains with some of these players early on. “My biggest stress is just the new guys being out there for the first time, holding on and protecting the ball,” Malzahn said during his game week press conference. Former Madison Academy star Kerryon Johnson is not listed […]

  • West Limestone & Priceville Win Big to Steal Thursday Night Spotlight

    Huntsville, Ala. (WHNT) West Limestone bounced back from a week one loss at Tanner to defeat rival East Limestone 26-6 Thursday night in Lester. Kaleb Barker stole the show in Trinity, leading Priceville with 7 TDs in a  63-18 win over West Morgan. Here are all the scores from around Alabama on Thursday night. Class 1A Cedar Bluff 33, Collinsville 26 Linden 13, Washington County 12 Millry 58, Southern Choctaw 43 Wadley 33, Horseshoe Bend 7 Class 2A Luverne 26, Brantley […]

  • Kendall Randolph Filling Big Shoes

    Madison, Ala. (WHNT) It’s not often you can call a 270 pound man the baby of the family, but Kendall Randolph has a lot to live up to. His older brother Levi is ready to compete for a roster spot with the Boston Celtics, and Roderick is a tight end at Alabama A&M. “It’s a lot to live up to especially being the youngest in the family, big shoes to fill.” Filling big shoes is no problem for Kendall. At […]

  • NFL Teams Doing Homework on Reggie Ragland

    Madison, Ala. (WHNT) Image is everything these days in the NFL and teams are working harder than ever to protect the value of their draft picks. Alabama senior Reggie Ragland could be one of the top linebackers in this upcoming draft, but teams want to know what type of person they would be getting. “I got one from the Oakland Raiders and the Kansas City Chiefs today,” Bob Jones head Coach Kevin Rose told WHNT News 19’s Chase Horn about […]

  • Two Blowout Wins On High School Football’s Opening Night

    Cherokee – 43 R.A. Hubbard – 7   Mars Hill Bible – 7 Sheffield – 49

  • New Head Coach, New Accountability at Randolph

    Huntsville, Ala. (WHNT) There’s definitely a new feeling on the Randolph practice field.  “A lot of energy out on the field and we’re not used to that,” says senior Evans Alison. “Everyone has a lot of energy, there’s music playing and everyone is having a great time.” It’s a product of new leadership under head coach Nick Flanagan. The former collegiate baseball player and coach is now finding his groove with a new sport. Flanagan takes over the Raiders football […]

  • Dale Pruitt Brings Experience, Fresh Start to Albertville

    Albertville, Ala. (WHNT) It’s been three years since one of the area’s proudest football programs appeared in a playoff game. It’s Dale Pruitt’s job to make sure that trend doesn’t continue for years to come. The Aggies hired Pruitt away from his alma-mater in Plainview where he led the Bears to playoff runs in eight of the last nine years. “When the job came open I thought, if they’re interested at my age, then I’m interested,” Pruitt said during one of […]

  • No Respect for the Defending GSC Champion Lions

    Florence, Ala. (WHNT) The two-time defending Gulf South Conference champs return 15 starters and yet league coaches are picking UNA to finish third. After a run to the NCAA DII semifinals it’s conceivable to see why West Georgia would earn the hype. Delta State shared the 2014 GSC championship with North Alabama and so recognition as number two also makes sense. From the outside looking in this preseason poll isn’t that big a deal, but internally the lack of respect […]

  • Deshler Turns the Page Under New head Coach Mike Hand

    Tuscumbia, Ala. (WHNT) You would be hard pressed to find a team anywhere that is more battle tested than Deshler. 2014 was a season and an experience nobody on the Tigers roster will forget. Midway through the year, head coach Jake Linville died from from what police believe to be a self inflicted gunshot wound. His team pressed on without ever forgetting his message. Deshler advanced all the way to the 4A state championship game but that’s where the journey ended. […]


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