2012: Played in nine games mostly on special teams ... Recorded one tackle on the year with it coming in 34-24 Southland Conference victory over Nicholls (11/10).
2011: Appeared in eight games for the Cardinals on special teams and as a backup receiver ... Finished the year with seven catches for 89 yards and a touchdown ... Had two catches for 28 yards against McNeese State (11/19) and grabbed a 12-yard Caleb Berry pass for his first career touchdown ... Finished with three catches for 35 yards in Lamar's 34-26 win at Nicholls (11/12), including a season-long reception of 17 yards ... Also had a pair of catches totalling 26 yards against Northwestern State (10/8) ... Recorded 10 tackles on the year.
High School: Named second-team All-District 20-4A as a senior wide receiver ... Played in the Southeast Texas Ford Dealers All-Star Classic ... Finished senior season with 30 catches for 462 yards and four touchdowns ... Played both offense and defense at Lumberton High School.
Personal: Jesse Sparks was born on Nov. 17, 1991 ... Son of Paige Murphy ... Majoring in general studies.