Nathan Cottrell

Nathan Cottrell



Year RS Senior
Height 5-11
Weight 190
Hometown Knoxville, Tenn.
Last School Knoxville West
Nathan Cottrell


2017 (Redshirt Sophomore): Emerged as a regular member of Georgia Tech’s rotation at A-back and a key contributor to the Yellow Jackets’ offense … Ranked third on the team in rushing (271 yards) and all-purpose yardage (470) … Averaged a team-best 8.2 yards per carry (min. two attempts) … Recorded 23 of team’s 40 kickoff returns, averaging 20.4 yards per return … After coming into the season with just one career carry, rushed a season-high six times for 79 yards (13.2 avg.) in opener versus Tennessee (Sept. 4) … Carried the ball three times for 24 yards at Miami (Oct. 14) … Had three carries for 83 yards (27.7 avg.), including a career-long 69-yard run that set up Georgia Tech’s first touchdown in a 28-22 win over No. 17 Virginia Tech (Nov. 11) … Ran five times for 43 yards (8.6 avg.), including a 33-yarder that was the long play of the Jackets’ lone touchdown drive against Georgia (Nov. 25).

2016 (Redshirt Freshman): Appeared in 11 games, primarily on special teams … Notched two special-teams tackles … Served as Georgia Tech’s primary kick returner in five of the final six games of the season … Averaged 20.8 yards over nine late-season kick returns … Picked up six yards on only carry of the season (Sept. 10 vs. Mercer).

2015 (True Freshman): Redshirted.

High School: Named all-district, all-region, all-state running back as junior and senior … First-team PrepXtra running back in 2013 and 2014 … Named all-region running back of the year and returner of the year in 2013 and 2014 … Named to High School Heroes Team as junior and senior … Also named High School Heroes Player of the Year as junior and senior … Finished career with school-record 3,974 rushing yards and 48 touchdowns … Averaged 11.8 yards per carry (334 carries) … Also hauled in 35 catches for 685 yards and nine touchdowns (19.6 yards per reception) … Averaged 40.7 yards per kick return with five touchdowns over career (23 returns, 937 yards) … Finished with school-record 5,594 total yards and 63 total touchdowns, including one passing TD … Rushed for school-record 1,956 yards as senior … Also set school single-game rushing mark with 255 yards … Named Offensive MVP of 2014 state championship game … Led Knoxville West to 2014 state title and 2013 runner-up finish … Timed in 40-yard dash at 4.33.

Personal: Full name is Nathan David Cottrell … Born Aug. 2, 1996 in Knoxville, Tenn. … Son of Alan and Emmeline Cottrell … Has two older brothers, Dorian and Josh, and one older sister, Delena … Majoring in business administration … Chose Georgia Tech because of the academics, great football team and the city of Atlanta.


Rushing Attempts: 6 vs. No. 25/24 Tennessee, Sept. 4, 2017
Rushing Yards: 83 yards vs. No. 17 Virginia Tech, Nov. 11, 2017
Longest Rush: 69 yards vs. No. 17 Virginia Tech, Nov. 11, 2017
Kickoff Returns: 8 at Virginia, Nov. 4, 2017
Kickoff Return Yards: 178 yards at Virginia, Nov. 4, 2017
Longest Kick Return: 35 yards at No. 11/10 Miami, Oct. 14, 2017
Fumble Recoveries: 1 at No. 18/22 Virginia Tech, Nov. 12, 2016