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#96 Jake Cotton
Position: Defensive Tackle
Height: 6'6"
Weight: 275
Year: Freshman
City/State: Lincoln, Neb.
High School: Southeast
Experience: High School
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Honors & Awards
» Academic All-Big Ten (2012, 2013)

» Three-Time Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll
» Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2014)

2014 Season
Florida Atlantic:
Helped pave the way for Ameer Abdullah to rush for a career-high 232 yards, while the Huskers rolled up 498 rushing yards and 784 yards of total offense. McNeese State: Helped the Huskers produce two rushing touchdowns. Fresno State: Helped NU roll up 280 on the ground and a pair of rushing touchdowns. Miami: Paved the way for the Huskers to roll up 343 yards on the ground. Illinois: Paved the way for NU to rush for 458 yards and five touchdowns. Michigan State: Played in his 25th career game at Nebraska. Northwestern: Helped Ameer Abdullah notch his third straight 1,000-yard season with 146 yards on 23 carries. Rutgers: Helped Ameer Abdullah rush for 225 yards and three touchdowns. Purdue: Started his 20th career game at Nebraska. Wisconsin: Made his 10th start of the season.

Off the field, Cotton earned his degree in history this August and is playing his senior season as a a graduate student.

2013 (Junior)
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.

2012 (Sophomore)
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.

2010 (Redshirt)
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)