52 James Cotton

James Cotton Ohio State
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Name
James Cotton
Nationality
United States
Position
DE
Birthday
11/7/1976
Hometown
Cleveland, OH
High School
San Francisco C.C.
Height
6'4"
Weight
245
Current Team
Ohio State
Seasons
1998, 1999

Major: Education (1999)

Weight: 245 (1998-99)

1999 Media Guide: James Cotton is the only junior college transfer on the Buckeyes squad, now that NFL-bound Joe Germaine and Mark Garcia have exhausted their eligibility. Cotton may be bound for that same road. An imposing, physical athlete, he went through spring drills as a linebacker, but was moved to defensive end the last week. He then played at end all last fall and played well – recording 16 tackles and three pass break ups – for his first year in the program. Ends coach Shawn Simms said “we now know James can make plays. He has exceptional speed and strength for a defensive end and he can be a dominating force.

1998: Played all 12 games. With terrific speed, was frequently seen chasing down running backs off the line of scrimmage. Huge fumble-forcing hit at Illinois was returned by Na’il Diggs for a touchdown in the Buckeyes’ rout.

Personal: Transferred to Ohio State from Community College of San Francisco in January of 1998. A two-time all-California JUCO selection who was a JUCO All-America in 1997 after recording 100 tackles and eight quarterback sacks. The son of Catherine Cotton and James Graham. Born Nov. 7, 1976.

Defense

SeasonTeamGGSTklSoloAsstTFLTFL YdsSacksSack YdsFFFRIntInt YdsPBUBlkDef TD
1998Ohio State11016115311171000300
1999Ohio State12756431311435281000200
Total-23772541814546352000500