Countdown to Kickoff: 82 days away with tight end Cameron Cotton

Leading up to the start of K-State's 2021 football season, the Collegian takes a look at what to expect and highlights every player on the roster. (Archive photo by Dylan Connell | Collegian Media Group)

Coming out of Elk River, Minnesota, Cameron Cotton stands at 6 foot 4 inches and weighs 245 pounds — a big body within K-State’s tight end group.

Cotton played under head coach Steve Hamilton at Elk River High School, helping the Elks reach an undefeated 13-0 record and Minnesota Class 5A state championship season in 2016.

He earned honorable mention All-District honors as a tight end and outside linebacker that season.

Cotton came to Kansas State in 2018 but is no stranger to K-State sports. Both of Cotton’s parents played sports at K-State in the late 1980s.

His father, Brent, was a three-year letter-winning tight end at K-State from 1985 to 1987. Janet, his mother, was a two-year letter winner in women’s basketball for K-State from 1987 to 1988.

Janet earned honorable mention All-Big 8 honors and was recognized as the first women’s basketball player to make a field goal in Bramlage Coliseum history in 1988.

While Cotton did not see any gameplay his freshman season in 2018, he did see playing time in 2019 against Bowling Green during K-State’s 52-0 blowout win.

Cotton’s junior season was cut short because of an injury in 2020, so he did not see any playing time during his junior year.

Cotton returns for his senior season as part of a depth-filled tight end room senior Nick Lenners, junior Sammy Wheeler and senior transfer Daniel Imatorbhebhe.