Daniel Sparks Pronunciation
2023 – Named to the ACC All-Academic Team … Military Bowl STEM Scholar Athlete … One of 50 punters included on Ray Guy Award preseason watch list… Preseason All-ACC selection … Named to the Athlon Sports Preseason All-ACC First Team Specialists. 2022 – Second Team All-ACC (ninth Cavalier punter ever to earn All-ACC accolade) … Associated Press Second Team All-ACC … Phil Steele Fourth Team All-ACC… ACC co-Specialist of the Week (Nov. 15) … First Team VaSID All-State … Ray Guy Award Watch List … named UVA’s Specialist of the Year at program’s annual awards banquet … Academic All-ACC
2023 – Voted as one of five team captains at the conclusion of the season. Punted a career high nine times and accumulated 398 yards and also matched a career-high with three punts downed inside the 20-yard line against Tennessee…2022 – One of five team captains voted on by the players at the end of the season … appeared in all 10 games … matched the UVA single-season punting average record, led the ACC and finished eighth in the country with a 45.9 yards per kick … punted eight times for 409 yards against Pitt (Nov. 12) including a season-long, 63-yarder. Had three 60+ yard punts in the contest, the first UVA punter ever with three 60-yarders in a game.
PRIOR TO VIRGINIA: Played in all ten games at the University of Louisiana-Monroe during the 2020 season as a freshman … punted 30 times and averaged 44.6 yards per punt, landing five inside the 20-yard line … average was second-best in the Sun Belt Conference … kicked off 33 times, averaged 55.3 yards on kickoffs and recorded six touchbacks … transferred to the University of Minnesota in January of 2021 as a sophomore and did not see game action during the 2021 season.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduate of Gadsden City High School in Gadsden, Alabama … went 6-of-8 on field goals and 19-of-20 on extra points … had a 46-yard average on punts and 12 touchbacks on kickoffs in 2019 as a senior … chosen as AJSTS 2019 Special Teams Player of the Year … member of the 2019 All-Messenger football team at punter … also was a standout soccer player, making the All-Etowah County team after finishing the shortened 2020 season as the team leader in goals scored … coached by Ali Smith.
PERSONAL: Son of Dan and Kim Sparks … has two siblings (Kathryn and Matthew) … father, Dan, played college soccer at Lee University … major is Biology.