#45 Cody Markel


Height 6'5"
Weight 250
Position TE
Class Senior
Hometown Middleton, Wis.
High School Middleton

As a Senior (2019)
• One game played
• Lone appearance due to injuries came in season opener against Georgia
• 2019 William Campbell Trophy nominee
• Vanderbilt’s 2019 SEC Community Service Team representative
• 2019 Allstate AFCA FBS Good Works Team nominee
• 2019 Senior CLASS Award nominee
• 2019 finalist for Vanderbilt Outstanding Senior Award
• SEC Academic Honor Roll
• Dean’s List
• Founded Turner’s Heroes non-profit organization prior to season to honor classmate and fellow tight end Turner Cockrell
• 82-hour fundraiser for Turner’s Heroes held in conjunction with Vanderbilt-LSU game raised $70,000 for pediatric cancer research grants

As a Junior (2018)
• SEC Academic Honor Roll
• Dean’s List
• 12 games played
• Starts vs. Middle Tennessee, South Carolina and Missouri
• Two-yard touchdown catch vs. Tennessee

As a Sophomore (2017)
• SEC Academic Honor Roll
• 10 games played
• First career start against Ole Miss

As a Freshman (2016)
• Did not see action

The Markel File 
• Prepped at Middleton (Wis.)
• Team captain as a senior
• Varsity letters in football, basketball and tennis
• 18 catches, five touchdowns as senior
• Led team to 8-2 record, conference title and state playoffs as a senior
• 2015 all-state
• 2015 all-conference
• National Honor Society member
• Full name is Cody Steinkamp Markel
• Son of Mark Markel and Lisa Steinkamp
• Father played football at UC Davis
• Mother played soccer at Stanford
• One brother, Tyler
• Enjoys playing hockey
• Majoring in political science and medicine, health and society
• Six-time Dean’s List recipient
• Created Turner’s Heroes non-profit organization in June 2019 to honor former classmate and fellow tight end Turner Cockrell, who died in December 2018 following a lengthy battle with cancer.
• Turner’s Heroes aims to uplift pediatric cancer patients. Working in conjunction with Cockrell’s parents, the organization reproduces superhero capes designed by pediatric patients, then brings them and their families together with Vanderbilt student-athletes for a day of fun and superhero-themed activities
• Nominated for the 2019 William Campbell Trophy presented by the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame
• Nominated for the 2019 Allstate AFCA FBS Good Works Team
• Nominated for the 2019 SENIOR Class Award