The game will be the 17th in the series between the two schools.
The two teams have not met since 1981, but ISU has won the last four meetings in the series.
The Redbirds will play their first-ever game against the Flyers to open 2012.
The Next Step - Spring Camp - Episode 1
GoRedbirds.com features a positional breakdown of the defensive line during the 2010 Redbird football fall camp.
GoRedbirds.com features a positional breakdown of special teams during the 2010 Redbird football fall camp.
2012: Started all 12 games played at defensive tackle ... finished the season with 13 tackles and a half tackle-for-loss ... had a season-best three stops and a half TFL in the road win at South Dakota ... followed that up with three tackles against Southern Illinois.
2011: Started five of 11 games played in as a defensive tackle ... recorded nine tackles, two tackles-for-loss and a half sack ... had a career-high four tackles and one tackle-for-loss at No. 5 North Dakota States ... helped the Redbird defense hold seven opponents under 100-rushing yards ... Illinois State's rushing defense was also ranked fifth in the nation at 85.7 yards per game ... ISU's overall defense was ranked No. 9 nationally.
2010: Played in eight games, all as a reserve ... recorded three tackles on the season ... recorded a tackle at Indiana State, at No. 19 UNI and at No. 24 Western Illinois.
At Buffalo: Redshirted only season in 2009.
MacArthur HS: A two-year letterwinner for head coach Brian Basil ... posted 60 tackles, including four sacks during his senior season ... named a second-team all-district selection ... also participated in track and field.
Personal: Born October 1, 1991, in Dallas, Texas ... son of Albert (deceased) and Lisa Lemle-Sparks ... has an older sister, Allsia ... majoring in business management.