Honors & Awards
- Academic All-Big Ten (2012)
- Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2011, 2012; Spring 2012)
Wyoming: Earned his first career start in the season opener, as he was Nebraska’s starter at left guard... paved the way for both Ameer Abdullah (114) and Imani Cross (105) to rush for over 100 yards. Southern Miss: Paved the way for Ameer Abdullah to pick up his eighth 100-yard game with 114 yards on 17 carries. UCLA: Helped protect Taylor Martinez, who threw three touchdown passes for the third time this season. SDSU: Paved the way for Nebraska to rush for 335 yards on the ground. Illinois: Helped the Huskers rush for 300 yards or more for the 15th time under Head Coach Bo Pelini. Purdue: Helped Nebraska rush for 251 yards, the 17th time since the start of the 2012 season that the Huskers have rushed for 250 yards or more. Minnesota: Helped Ameer Abdullah pick up his sixth 100-yard rushing game of the season with 165 yards on 19 carries. Northwestern: Helped the Huskers produce 472 yards of total offense... wore No. 61 in honor of injured o-lineman Spencer Long... suffered a knee sprain in the second half and didn’t return. Michigan: Didn’t play against the Wolverines due to a knee injury. Michigan State: Didn’t play due to a knee injury.
Junior Jake Cotton is fully healthy after battling injuries in the early part of his Nebraska career, and the Lincoln native is prepared to challenge for a starting job in 2013. Cotton earned the majority of the practice snaps with the top offensive line at left guard during the spring, working opposite returning second-team All-American Spencer Long, a two-year starter at right guard.
The 6-6, 305-pound Cotton has great size and strength and is a tenacious competitor. Cotton has shown he is a versatile player in his career, spending time at both guard and tackle after joining the program as a defensive lineman.
Cotton is joined on the NU roster by his younger brother, Sam, a redshirt freshman tight end. Jake’s older brother, Ben, completed his eligibility last season, while his father Barney is NU’s Associate Head Coach. 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)