Honors & Awards
» Academic All-Big Ten (2012, 2013)
» Three-Time Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll
» Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2014)
Jake Cotton stepped into a starting role on the offensive line as a junior in 2013, and this season will be looked to as a leader for a group that lost five senior regulars to graduation. The 6-6, 305-pound Cotton provides a physical presence and is a tenacious competitor.
Cotton has been a versatile lineman throughout his Nebraska career. He has spent time at both guard and tackle, but settled into the guard spot last fall and is the frontrunner to start at left guard this fall. He is likely to be joined on the left side by Colorado transfer Alex Lewis, giving Nebraska a formidable duo.
Cotton’s brother, Sam, is a redshirt freshman tight end for the Huskers and his father, Barney, is the tight ends and offensive line coach. Jake Cotton is a two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection. He is expected to earn his degree in history this August and play his senior season as a a graduate student.
Cotton started 11 of 13 games at left guard, while missing the Michigan and Michigan State contests with a knee injury. His play helped Nebraska average better than 215 rushing yards and more than 410 yards of total offense per game. With the offensive line providing the push, junior I-back Ameer Abdullah rushed for 1,690 yards and had 11 100-yard rushing games. As a team, Nebraska topped 250 rushing yards five times in 2013.
Cotton played in five games as a sophomore, serving as a reserve guard behind All-Big Ten pick 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 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 spring practice.
Cotton redshirted in his first season and worked on the defensive line.
Before Nebraska (Southeast HS)
Cotton excelled on both 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 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 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. Cotton is a history major and has earned a spot on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll three times. He was also an Academic All-Big Ten honoree in 2012 and 2013. He has volunteered his time with Husker Heroes, School is Cool Week, Fuel Up to Play 60, Uplifting Athletes, Madonna Rehabilitation Center and team hospital and school visits. Cotton earned a spot on both the Brook Berringer and Tom Osborne Citizenship Teams in 2014 for his community outreach efforts.
His father earned three letters for the Huskers from 1975 to 1978, as both an offensive and defensive lineman. His older brother, Ben, was a four-year letterwinner at tight end for Nebraska from 2009 to 2012.
Cotton's Career Statistics
» Games Played - 19 (3 in 2011, 5 in 2012; 11 in 2013)
» Games Started - 11 (all in 2013)