40 Acres Forecast: Bryce Cottrell

We continue our look at scholarship players on Texas' 2015 roster with DE Bryce Cottrell.

Bryce Cottrell




6-foot-2/253 pounds

High School:

Plano, Texas/West




2014 Review

Due to those in front of him - namely Cedric Reed – there just wasn’t all that much time for Cottrell. He played sparingly in nine games at DE and on special teams, tallying 7 tackles (4 solo) with one tackle-for-loss and a pass breakup.

He did not play against Oklahoma, Iowa State, Oklahoma State and TCU.


2015 Preview

Cottrell had a really, really strong spring camp and capped it off with an even better spring game – seven tackles, two tackles-for-loss and two sacks.

He made such an impression on the staff and his teammates that you could say he was the talk of spring camp. After the game, Charlie Strong even mentioned that Cottrell and Shiro Davis would split time moving forward.

So far in camp Davis has been working with the first team, but Cottrell is holding his own. He’s gotten bigger and has made plays when called upon.


HD Projection

Davis is likely going to get the starting nod but Cottrell is going to get a lot of playing time, no doubt about it.

He’s gained the respect of Brick Haley and has proven to the rest of the program that’s he ready for an increased role in the defense.

If Cottrell can harness what led to his performance in the spring game and carry that over to the regular season – Vance Bedford wanted him to cut loose, and he did – then Cottrell could very well take over for Shiro.

Both are going to play – and play a lot – regardless of who plays the first snap of a game.


How he ended up on the 40 Acres

Very, very few saw this working out for the Longhorns.

Cottrell seemed happily committed to Oregon but that all changed when Texas extended an offer his way a little over a week away from National Signing Day.

He ended up taking a late visit to Austin and loved it so much that he decided to make the flip less than two days before NSD.

At the time it appeared as though Texas was going to miss out on Shiro Davis, so getting Cottrell in that late was a huge victory for UT.


High School Highlights

Coached by Mike Hughes at Plano West ... all-state and two-time first-team all-district selection at linebacker and defensive end … was named all-state and all-district at three different positions (defensive end as a senior, linebacker as a junior and freshman, and safety as a sophomore) … tallied 198 tackles, 10 sacks, seven PBUs, three fumble recoveries, one forced fumble and one INT over his final three seasons … father, Kevin Brooks played defensive end at Michigan and was a first-round draft pick of the Dallas Cowboys (1985-88) in 1985, he also played for the Detroit Lions (1989-90) … stepfather, Comer Cottrell, was part-owner of the Texas Rangers with President George W. Bush… [info from this last section gathered from TexasSports.com]



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