Honors & Awards
- Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2017)
Redshirt freshman Ethan Cox emerged during spring practice as a contender for playing time in the Nebraska secondary. The 5-10, 185-pound Cox impressed the new defensive staff with his work at cornerback, a position where Nebraska returns only three players with significant experience. Cox joined the Husker program as a walk-on from Blair High School.
Cox sat out his first season in the program as a redshirt.
Before Nebraska (Blair HS)
Ethan Cox played multiple roles on both sides of the ball for Coach Bryan Soukup and the Blair High School football team. A dual-threat quarterback, Cox rushed for over 950 yards and passed for 3,953 yards in three seasons for the Bears. During his senior season, Cox played in nine games, throwing 1,728 yards and 19 touchdowns, while averaging a quarterback rating of 97.4. His play helped Blair High to the Class B state quarterfinals.
Cox also spent part of his sophomore and senior seasons on defense, where he recorded one sack, seven interceptions and three pass deflections.
On special teams, he had 19 punts in 24 games, including a long of 64 yards during his senior campaign. Cox also served as a return man for the Bears and notched a total of 13 kickoff returns for touchdowns and four punt returns in three seasons. He finished his career with 4,904 total yards in 24 games, while accounting 59 touchdowns. He holds nearly all the passing records at Blair High. Cox was first-team Class B all-state pick by the Omaha World-Herald as an athlete.
Cox also played basketball and baseball and ran track at Blair. He qualified for the state meet in the 300 meter hurdles in 2016.
Ethan was born on Feb. 9, 1999, and is the son of Tom and Lisa Cox. He is majoring in finance and earned a spot on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in the fall of 2017. Cox volunteered his time with the Nebraska Football Road Race, Husker Heroes and local hospital visits.