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Jake Cotton - Defensive Line

By NU Athletic Communications

Lincoln Southeast product Jake Cotton is a second-generation Cornhusker who will join his father and brother in the Nebraska football program. Cotton is the son of Nebraska associate head coach and offensive line coach Barney Cotton, while his older brother, Ben, will be a sophomore tight end for the Huskers in 2010. Barney Cotton also played at Nebraska, earning three letters for the Huskers from 1976 to 1978, as both an offensive and defensive lineman. Jake Cotton has shown similar versatility as his father, excelling on both the offensive and defensive lines at Southeast for Coach John Larsen. As a senior, Cotton helped the Knights to a 9-2 record and a trip to the state quarterfinals. Cotton provided a physical presence at offensive tackle, while on defense he made 58 tackles, including 12 sacks and added a pair of fumble recoveries. Cotton’s play in 2009 earned him first-team All-Nebraska honors from the Omaha World-Herald and first-team Super-State honors from the Lincoln Journal Star. Both papers selected him to their all-state teams as an offensive lineman. Cotton is the first scholarship signee for Nebraska from Lincoln Southeast since Bo Ruud and Andy Birkel joined the program in 2003. Cotton gained more than 40 pounds between his junior and senior season. As a junior, he played tight end and defensive end for the Knights. Cotton is ranked among the top 50 players in the Midlands Region by Super Prep Magazine. Cotton is the son of Barney and Christine Cotton and was born on July 11, 1991.


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