Honors & Awards
» Academic All-Big Ten (2013)
» Three-Time Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll
» Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2014)
The youngest of three brothers to play for Nebraska, tight end Sam Cotton began to earn recognition for himself with his play as a redshirt freshman in 2013. Cotton was one of three tight ends to play the majority of the snaps last season, and his role in the Nebraska offense is likely to grow this fall.
The 6-4, 250-pound Cotton has added 15 pounds of muscle to his frame since the start of 2013, and has the size and strength to be an effective blocker in addition to his receiving skills. During spring ball, Cotton and fellow sophomores Cethan Carter and Trey Foster earned the majority of the snaps with the top offensive unit.
Cotton is the brother of senior offensive guard Jake Cotton, and former NU tight end Ben Cotton. Their father, Barney, is a Husker assistant coach. Sam Cotton was one of 30 Huskers who earned Academic All-Big Ten honors last fall.
2013 (Redshirt Freshman)
Cotton played in 10 games in 2013, including a start against Purdue. He caught three passes for 22 yards, including a three-yard touchdown catch at Minnesota. He had a season-long 17-yard catch against Illinois and also had a reception at Purdue.
Cotton sat out his first season in the program as a redshirt.
Before Nebraska (Southeast HS)
Cotton played a key role in helping Southeast earn a Class A state title in 2011. The Knights finished with a 12-1 record, including a 21-9 victory over Omaha Burke in the state title game, when Cotton caught a 34-yard touchdown pass.