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Cody catches on at UC Davis

Campus Canvass
By: Todd Mordhorst Journal Sports Editor
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Mike Cody aspires to lead young men on the football field in the near future, so it’s no surprise he has a coach’s perspective on his unsung role at UC Davis. The senior tight end from Colfax High has just one catch for two yards in three games for the Aggies this season. But stats are of little significance for the 6-4, 245-pound Cody. “Honestly, it doesn’t matter if I have one catch or 10 catches, it’s just about winning,” Cody said. “The coaches talk a lot about that. It’s not an individual thing. I think last year there were some people that were in it for themselves. This year no one really cares how many catches we have, as long as we win. Our goals are definitely reachable. We have every tool in the shed to be successful.” UC Davis has just one win in four tries so far, but the Aggies have not shied away from competition. Their losses came against Hawaii, Arizona State and Montana State. The Aggies rolled over San Diego 31-3 in their lone home game to this point. Cody is accustomed to doing the work in the trenches. He played guard at Colfax, helping the Falcons make it to the Sac-Joaquin Section championship game in 2006. That team produced six college players, including two that Cody will face this season. Former Falcon quarterback Alex Rump is a backup quarterback at Humboldt State. The Aggies host the Lumberjacks on Oct. 8 after a bye this week. Colfax grad Justin Chastain is a wide receiver at Sacramento State, which hosts the Causeway Classic on Nov. 19. All three players have taken long roads to the top of the collegiate ranks. Cody took a year off after graduating from Colfax, looking to add bulk before embarking on his two-year career at Sierra College. Coach Jeff Tisdel had coached Mike’s brother David Cody and saw similar tight end potential in Mike when he arrived in Rocklin. “I was a little undersized at Colfax and I tried to focus on getting bigger during the year off,” Cody said. “I got to Sierra and coach Tisdel noticed I had some speed, so he tried me at tight end. It just grew from there.” So did Cody. He’s put on about 25 pounds since he started at Sierra. Last year at Davis he saw a lot of playing time as a second tight end despite being tossed into an offense that rivals many NFL teams in complexity. The senior is much more comfortable this year. He shares time with sophomore Taylor Sloat and they’re often on the field together in double tight end sets. “I was a little nervous after I got here from Sierra. It’s a totally different world,” Cody said. “At Sierra the offense was so much simpler. But it’s going well. I’m doing a lot more different things. It’s fun being in a complex offense.” Cody is on track to graduate next spring with degrees in psychology and history. He would like to land a graduate assistant coaching position at a four-year college and embark on the next chapter of his football life: coaching. “That’s the ultimate goal — a graduate assistant job,” Cody said. “I don’t know where I’m going to start. I’ve always had a passion for the game. I like being around football and what it does for me. The winning, the camaraderie, that’s just who I am as an individual.”