Honors & Awards
- Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll (Fall 2006; Spring 2007; Fall 2007)
2008: Cotton was used as a defensive replacement in the infield and spelled Ben Kline at shortstop • Is a fundamentally solid player who runs well and moves runners along in a number of roles • Played in 23 games, hitting .200 with two RBIs and three runs scored in 2008 • Has seen more time at shortstop down the stretch, starting five of NU’s last 11 contests at shortstop and hit .316 in that span • Started the final two games of the Big 12 Tournament, hitting .375 (3-for-8), as he collected his first career three-hit game against No. 6 Oklahoma State, going 3-for-4 with a triple and an RBI • Went 2-for-4 and was hit by a pitch in a start at No. 12 Missouri on May 18 • Went 1-for-5 against Creighton on May 13 with nine assists, the most by a Husker infielder in nine seasons • Played in the final two games against Texas A&M, earning the starting nod in the finale where he walked and scored two runs in a 13-10 victory • Earned the start in the nightcap against UL-Lafayette on May 3, going 0-for-1 with a walk and a sacrifice • Picked up his first career hit in a start against Northern Colorado on March 25 • Started against Arkansas on March 19, and drove in a run as he was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and also had a sacrifice in his two plate appearances
2007: Cotton redshirted in his first season as a Husker • Spent the summer playing for the Nevada (Mo.) Griffons and Coach John Hill.
Lincoln Southwest High School: Cotton was a four-year starter for Coach Doug Kaltenberger, helping the Silver Hawks from the program’s inception in 2003 • Totaled a school-record 128 hits during his career • Led the Silver Hawks to a 22-7 record in 2006, ranking among state leaders with a .337 average, 27 runs scored and 23 RBIs en route to second-team All-Nebraska honors from the Omaha World-Herald • Garnered all-state honors in each of his four varsity seasons, highlighted by a .400 average with 22 RBIs and 30 runs scored in 2005 • Played American Legion ball in the summer, leading his team to a 43-14 record as a senior and the first appearance in the American Legion World Series by a Lincoln team since 1955 • Batted .370 with 18 doubles and 15 stolen bases during his final campaign • Lettered in football and basketball for three seasons and was a finalist for Nebraska Boys High School Athlete of the Year in 2005-06 • Earned all-state honors in each of his final two years of football, garnering first-team All-Nebraska accolades in helping LSW to the 2005 Class A title game • Selected for the LSW John Perkins Award, presented to the school’s top scholar-athlete • Chose NU over Arkansas, Creighton, Cornell and Brown after the latter two schools recruited him for both baseball and football.
Personal: Born on Sept. 17, 1987, in Columbia, Mo. • Parents are Dan and Denise Cotton • Has one sister (Amy) and one brother (Josh) • Has not declared a major, but has a 3.08 GPA.
Year Avg GP-GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB-ATT
2008.... .200 23-11 35 3 7 0 1 0 2 2 8 0-0
TOTAL... .200 23-11 35 3 7 0 1 0 2 2 8 0-0