Honors & Awards
- Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2012)
Sam Cotton redshirted his first season at Nebraska.
Before Nebraska (Southeast HS)
Cotton joined the program as the lone tight end in the 2012 signing class. He is also NU’s only in-state scholarship freshman in 2012. The 6-4, 230-pound Cotton continues a family tradition with the Huskers. His father, Barney, is Nebraska’s offensive line coach and played for the Huskers from 1976 to 1978. Sam’s older brotherJake, is currenlty a member of the Husker team, and his other brother Ben finished his Husker career in 2012. During the 2012 season, the Cottons were the only group of three brothers on an FBS roster. Sam 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 touchdown grabs. 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 on both sides of the football during his junior season, when his play helped 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, and among the top 50 tight ends in the country. In the spring, 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.
Sam Cotton is the son of Barney and Christine Cotton, and he was born on Jan. 27, 1994.