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Byerson Cockrell
Player Profile:
Byerson Cockrell 1805552
Position: Defensive Back
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 185
Year: Junior
Hometown: Columbus, Miss.
High School: Columbus
Other College: East Mississippi CC

Honors & Awards
» Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Spring, 2014)
» Nebraska Student-Athlete HERO Leadership Award (2015)
» Brook Berringer Citizenship Team (2015)
» Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2015)

Byerson Cockrell served an important role on the Nebraska defense in his first season in the program in 2014. The 6-0, 185-pound Cockrell was a regular in the secondary, primarily lining up as a nickel back. Cockrell can play nearly any position in the secondary and spent the majority of the spring working with the top defensive unit at safety. 

Cockrell suffered a shoulder injury at the conclusion of spring ball and underwent surgery shortly thereafter. He is expected back at full speed for the start of fall practice. Cockrell came to Nebraska in January of 2014 from East Mississippi Community College and quickly worked his way into the playing rotation.

Cockrell is on track to earn his degree in sociology in December.

2014 (Junior)
Cockrell quickly earned an extensive role when NU lost a pair of expected starters in preseason camp. His play helped Nebraska rank among the nation’s leaders in opponent pass completion percentage and pass efficiency defense. Cockrell played in all 13 games and made six starts, five as NU’s nickel back and at safety against Iowa. Cockrell finished with 29 tackles, including 18 solo stops. He also had an interception and ranked second on the team with seven pass breakups.

Cockrell had five games with three or more tackles, including a season-high five tackles each against Minnesota and Iowa. He had his only interception of the season against Purdue in a contest when he also had a season-high two pass breakups. Cockrell had three tackles and a tackle for loss at Fresno State. He had a fumble recovery at Michigan State.

Before Nebraska (Columbus HS/East Mississippi CC)
Cockrell was a standout at East Mississippi CC, playing two seasons for Coach Buddy Stephens. In 2013, Cockrell played safety for the Lions and had three interceptions for 128 yards, including a 58-yard interception return for a touchdown. He added 33 tackles, four pass breakups, three tackles for loss and two sacks. His play helped East Mississippi to a perfect 12-0 record and the NJCAA title. Cockrell was part of a defense that ranked second nationally with 30 interceptions in 2013.

Cockrell was also a key performer for the Lions in 2012, helping the team to a 10-2 record. Cockrell finished with 20 tackles, including 16 solo stops, while picking off a pair of passes.

Cockrell attended Columbus High School, where he earned Class 6A all-state first-team honors as a senior in 2011. He had seven interceptions for 133 yards and was credited with 69 tackles, seven pass breakups and one forced fumble in his senior season. Cockrell also scored three touchdowns on offense as a senior.

He was a member of the Columbus track team, competing in the 100 and 400 meters, and the 4x100-meter relay. Cockrell was ranked among the top 10 junior college safeties in the nation by 247Sports. Cockrell also received offers from Southern Miss, Louisiana-Monroe, UAB and Middle Tennessee among others.

The son of Elizabeth Cockrell, Byerson was born on March 21, 1994. He has volunteered his time with Uplifting Athletes, Make-A-Wish, Pilger tornado relief, and numerous hospital and community outreach events. Cockrell earned a spot on both the Brook Berringer Citizenship Team and the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team in 2015. He also received a HERO Leadership Award in 2015.

Cockrell's Career Stats























2014 13/6 18 11 29 1-5 0.0-0 2-1 0 7 1 1


13/6 18
1-5 0.0-0 2-1 7
1 1

Single-Game Highs

» Tackles – 5 (twice)
» Pass Breakups – 2 vs. Purdue (2014)

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