BRR Profile: Ben Cotton

Continuing our Big Red Report profiles, we take a look at senior tight end Ben Cotton, who says he realizes his time in Lincoln is coming to a close.

Ben Cotton

Position: Tight End

Height/Weight: 6-foot-6, 255 pounds

High School: Ames High School (IA)

Year: Senior

2011 Review:

Slowed by injury much of the 2011 season, Cotton was forced to miss two games, but was hardly himself in a handful of others.

The Academic All-Big Ten player recorded 14 receptions for 189 yards, and had four receptions of over 20 yards.

2012 Outlook:

Cotton was slowed by a shoulder injury in 2011
Cotton, along with fellow tight end Kyler Reed, are expected to provide Nebraska with one of the best tight end groups in the Big Ten.

"I think any combination of tight ends is looking to get as many plays as possible out on the field together," said the senior. "Between the groups its going to be a lot of fun, and we are really looking forward to it."

After being slowed by injury last season (so was Reed), Cotton has been working hard to come back healthier and better than ever.

"I want to keep refining my tools," said Cotton. "There are some things I am pretty good at that I want to be the best at, and some other things I need to work on."

It is this kind of attitude and dedication to improvement that has made Cotton a leader on the Cornhuskers' offense. The senior realizes his time in Lincoln is quickly coming to an end.

"When you are younger, and even last year, you think its so far away, and now I look back and time flew, but its going to be a lot of fun," said Cotton during the spring. "A lot of these guys, a lot of these seniors, are going to make the best of it."

How He Ended Up In Lincoln:

Cotton committed to Nebraska shortly after the hiring of Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini, and was the first scholarship signee from Iowa since 2001.

A Louisville commitment at one point, after his father, Barney Cotton, accepted a job on the staff, Ben switched his commitment to the Huskers.

During his senior season at Ames high school, the former four-star prospect caught 44 passes for 639 yards and four touchdowns. He also played the defensive end position, being the teams only two-way starter. Cotton also played basketball, teaming with Creighton All-American Doug McDermott and NBA rookie Harrison Barnes.

- BRR's Josh Harvey contributed to this report -

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