Tight end Ben Cotton has been a regular in the Nebraska offense for each of the past three seasons, and he is expected to be a team leader in 2012. The 6-6, 255-pound Cotton started 11 of 13 games at tight end in 2011, missing only the final two games of the regular season when he was sidelined by an injury.
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Cotton was one of the Huskers’ offensive leaders throughout the 2011 season, providing a big, reliable target in the passing game and a physical blocking presence to assist a strong Nebraska running attack. Cotton averaged better than 13 yards on his 14 catches in 2011, and had at least one reception in 10 of the 11 games he played.
Cotton was recognized for his effort with honorable-mention All-Big Ten accolades from both the league’s coaches and media. Cotton was also one of a nation-leading five Huskers to earn first-team CoSIDA Academic All-District honors, and he will be a strong candidate for academic All-America honors in 2012. He earned his undergraduate degree in business administration in December of 2011, completing his degree work in just seven semesters. He is one of eight seniors playing the 2012 season as a graduate.
Both of Cotton’s younger brothers, Jake and Sam, are members of the football team and his father, Barney, is Nebraska’s offensive line coach.