Simon Otte utilized his redshirt season in 2018, although he did appear in one game as a true freshman walk on. Otte made his career debut at linebacker in Nebraska's win over Bethune-Cookman and recorded his first career tackle.
Before Nebraska (York HS)
Otte joined the Husker program as a walk-on out of York High School. Otte was a first-team All-Nebraska and Super-State selection as a senior for the Class B state champion Dukes in 2017. He recorded 101 tackles and forced three fumbles on defense, while rushing for 1,435 yards and scoring 14 touchdowns on offense despite missing three games with an injury. In the 2017 Class B state title game, Otte rushed for 161 yards on 23 carries as he helped York claim its first Class B state title. As a junior in 2016, Otte rushed for 798 yards on 90 carries, while recording 122 receiving yards. He also made 53 tackles as a junior when he was named an all-state defensive back by the Omaha World-Herald. He totaled 62 tackles as a sophomore in 2015. Otte was also a member of the York basketball team and added a 2018 state basketball title to go along with his 2017 state football title. He also competed in soccer, earning second-team all-conference recognition as a senior. Following his senior season, Otte was named Male Athlete of the Year by the York News-Times.