Honors & Awards » Academic All-Big Ten (2013) » Three-Time Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll » Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2014)
2014 Outlook 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.
2012 (Redshirt) 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.
As a senior, Cotton had 23 receptions, including seven touchdowns. He also played defensive line for Coach Ryan Gottula’s team and made 42 tackles, including 7.5 sacks. Cotton’s efforts as a senior earned him first-team All-Nebraska honors from the Omaha World-Herald as a defensive lineman, and he was an honorary captain of that team. The Lincoln Journal Star also named him a co-captain of its Super State team, but listed him as a first-team selection at tight end.
Cotton also played a key role as a junior, helping Southeast to a 10-2 record and a trip to the Class A semifinals. He was an honorable-mention all-state pick by both major newspapers as a junior. Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247 Sports all ranked Cotton among the top four players in the state of Nebraska in the class of 2012. Cotton participated in track and field for Southeast, competing in shot put and discus. Cotton committed to Nebraska in June of 2011, and did not take any other visits.
Personal Sam is the son of Barney and Christine Cotton, and he was born on Jan. 27, 1994. He has volunteered his time with the NFL Fuel Up to Play 60 Event, Uplifting Athletes, Husker Heroes and school and hospital visits. He was named to both the Brook Berringer Citizenship Team and Tom Osborne Citizenship Team for his outreach efforts. He is a business administration major and is a three-time Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll selection. His father earned three letters for the Huskers from 1975 to 1978, as both an offensive and defensive lineman.
Cotton's Career Statistics
17 vs. Illinois
17 vs. Illinois
Single-Game Highs » Receptions – 1 vs. Illinois (2013), at Purdue (2013), at Minnesota (2013) » Receiving Yards – 17 vs. Illinois (2013) » Touchdowns – 1 at Minnesota(2013)
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