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CEE Major Honored as Top Scholar-Athlete for Fall 2015

Professor Michael Knodler, Matt Sparks, assistant graduate coach Joe Kreinsen and UMass Director of Athletics Ryan Bamford.

The University of Massachusetts Athletic Department awarded its male Fall Scholar-Athlete honor to Civil and Environmental Engineering major and offensive lineman Matt Sparks during the weekly UMass Sports Luncheon at the Mullins Center on December 1st, 2015. The UMass Sports Luncheon Committee initiated the award to honor UMass student-athletes who have exhibited outstanding achievement in the classroom as well as on their athletic team.  The award nominees must be in their junior or senior season of eligibility and must have a minimum of a 3.00 grade point average in their respective academic major. 

Matt Sparks is a four-year letterwinner and two-year starting member of the Massachusetts football offensive line. In 2015, he anchored the line that blocked for Blake Frohnapfel’s 2,919 passing yards and 16 touchdowns in the air. Additionally, the UMass offense rushed for 1,700 yards and 15 touchdowns while the receiving corps racked up 3,090 yards. A CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-District and MAC All-Academic honoree, he was a member of the Rimington and Outland Trophy Watch Lists. Matt currently has an outstanding 3.80 grade point average in his Civil Engineering major.

Please find the Athletic Department's article regarding this award here.