UAlbany Football BIO
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Tony Sparano
Player Profile:
Tony Sparano 108535
Position: Defensive End
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 245
Year: Senior
Hometown: Colleyville, Texas
High School: Grapevine

UAlbany:  First on depth chart at defensive end ... made 24 career appearances ... three varsity letters ... 2008 ESPN The Magazine All-District I Academic Team ... 2008:  A starter in the opening five games before suffering a broken arm ... returned to play in Gridiron Classic ... career-high six tackles vs. No. 10 New Hampshire ... four tackles at Massachusetts in his first start as a collegian ... three tackles and forced a fumble in the Northeast Conference opener at Duquesne ... 2007:  Made 10 tackles in 11 games played ... UAlbany defense held six opponents under 100 rushing yards and ranked 19th nationally among Division I FCS programs in that category ... two tackles against three opponents ... 2006:  Member of kickoff cover and punt return units as a redshirt freshman ... had three tackles ... High School:  Named to All-District 5/5A squad as a defensive lineman and tight end ... All-Northeast Tarrant County and All-Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex ... made 62 tackles with seven sacks, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and three pass deflections as a senior captain ... played his first two years of high school football in Florida and Virginia ... Personal:  Received a B.A. in  history with a minor in political science in May 2009 ... enrolled in graduate school ... born 10-22-86 ... parents are Tony and Jeanette Sparano ... has one sister, Ryan Leigh ... his brother, Andy, is an offensive lineman on the UAlbany team ... his father is the Miami Dolphins' head coach ... NEC Fall Academic Honor Roll (2007, 2008).

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