Honors & Awards
- Academic All-Big Ten (2012)
- Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2011, 2012; Spring 2012)
Junior Jake Cotton has stepped into a starting role on the offensive line this season and helped Nebraska field one of the top offenses in the Big Ten Conference. The 6-6, 305-pound Cotton provides a physical presence and is a tenacious competitor.
Cotton started 10 games at left guard and battled through a knee injury to return for the final two games of the regular season. Cotton is expected to man the left guard spot in the bowl game, and will be a leader on the offensive line in 2014. Cotton’s brother, Sam, is a redshirt freshman tight end for the Huskers and his father, Barney, is the tight ends and offensive line coach.
Cotton was one of 30 Huskers named to the Academic All-Big Ten team this fall.
Cotton started 10 of 12 games at left guard, while missing the Michigan and Michigan State contests with a knee injury. Cotton’s play helped Nebraska average better than 220 rushing yards per game and more than 420 yards of total offense. With the offensive line providing the push, junior I-back Ameer Abdullah rushed for 1,568 yards and had 10 100-yard rushing games. As a team, Nebraska topped 250 rushing yards five times in 2013.
2012 (Sophomore)Cotton played in five games as a sophomore, serving as a reserve guard behind starters Spencer Long and Seung Hoon Choi. Cotton saw his most extensive action of the year against Georgia in the Capital One Bowl.
2011 (Redshirt Freshman)
Cotton played in Nebraska's wins over Chattanooga, Washington and Wyoming, helping the Huskers rack up more than 300 rushing yards against both Washington and Wyoming. He suffered a knee injury before the Ohio State game and was lost for the season. Cotton moved from defense to the offensive line during 2011 spring practice.
Cotton redshirted and worked on the scout team defense, before moving to offensive line in the spring.
Before Nebraska (Southeast HS)
Cotton showed 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 was 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 was ranked among the top 50 players in the Midlands Region by Super Prep Magazine.
Jake is the son of Barney and Christine Cotton and was born on July 11, 1991. Jake is a communication studies major, and earned a spot on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll each of the past two semesters. He has volunteered his time with Husker Heroes and team hospital and school visits. His father, Barney Cotton, earned three letters for the Huskers from 1975 to 1978, as both an offensive and defensive lineman.
Cotton's Career Statistics
» Games Played - 12 (3 in 2011, 5 in 2012; 4 in 2013)
» Games Started - 4 (4 in 2013)