A local product who moved to left guard as a senior (10 starts) after starting 18 games at right guard in his first three seasons ... finished his career with 28 starts ... helped open holes for the 42nd-ranked rushing offense (198.4 ypg), the No. 3 scoring offense (45.6 ppg) and the No. 6 total offense (522.0 ypg) while providing time for the nation’s No. 1 pass efficiency offense (197.34) and No. 6 passing offense (323.6 ypg) ... the Tide’s offensive front also ranked eighth nationally and first in the SEC in fewest sacks, allowing just 1.0 per game. Louisville: Made his first career start at left guard ... graded out at 86 percent in 53 snaps against the Cardinals with two knockdown blocks ... opened holes for 222 rushing yards and provided time for 297 yards through the air ... did not allow a sack or commit a penalty. Arkansas State: Helped the Tide generate 599 yards of total offense, including 278 yards on the ground ... played 70 snaps, opening holes for Najee Harris’ first 100-yard rushing game (135 yards, 13 attempts) ... added three knockdown blocks. Ole Miss: Opened holes for 210 rushing yards while providing time for 306 yards in the air ... did not allow a sack or a pressure ... recoded three knockdown blocks as the Tide scored 62 points. Texas A&M: Recorded two knockdown blocks and did not allow a sack. Louisiana: Helped the Tide account for 608 yards of total offense, including 268 yards on the ground ... played 42 snaps and had two knockdown blocks ... did not allow a sack, pressure or commit a penalty. Arkansas: Blocked for a season-high 639 yards, including 393 passing yards and 246 yards on the ground ... did not allow a sack or commit a penalty in 28 snaps with two knockdown blocks. Tennessee: Did not start after an injury had slowed him in recent weeks ... came off the bench to play 16 snaps at guard. Mississippi State: Came off the bench to play 53 snaps in relief of Deonte Brown at left guard. The Citadel: Started and played 45 snaps as Alabama rolled up 561 yards of total offense. Georgia: Came off the bench in relief of Deonte Brown to play 39 snaps in the SEC Championship Game ... was in the final three touchdown drives to help secure the win. Oklahoma: Returned to the starting lineup and provided time for 528 yards of total offense, including 200 rushing yards ... did not allow a sack as quarterback Tua Tagovailoa completed 24-of-27 passes for 318 yards and four touchdowns ... opened holes for 98 rushing yards by Josh Jacobs, 48 by Damien Harris and 45 by Najee Harris. Clemson: Started and helped the Crimson Tide account for 443 yards of total offense including 148 rushing and 295 passing.
High School and Personal
One of the top players in the state of Alabama and an elite offensive line prospect nationally ... named to the 2015 Parade All-America team ... unanimous four-star prospect ... played in the 2015 Under Armour All-America Game and invited to Nike's 2014 "The Opening" ... ... Medium School All-American by MaxPreps.com ... the No. 3 offensive guard nationally by Rivals.com and No. 46 in the final Rivals100 ... No. 2 player in the state of Alabama by Rivals.com ... No. 59 in the Top247, the No. 4 offensive guard and No. 3 player in the state ... No. 54 in the 247Composite and the No. 4 guard ... Scout.com rated Cotton as the third-best offensive guard and the No. 66 player in the Scout300 ... No. 100 in the ESPN300, the No. 7 guard, No. 5 player in Alabama and No. 51 in the Southeast region ... No. 59 on the Prepstar Top 150 Dream Team ... 2014 AL.com Super All-State ... No. 3 on the final AL.com A-List ... first team 5A All-State by the Alabama Sports Writers Association and the ASWA 5A Lineman of the Year ... participated in the 2014 Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game ... played for head coach Dennis Conner at Tuscaloosa Central High School ... chose Alabama over Auburn, USC, Mississippi State and Ole Miss.