Certainly ranks among the top linebackers in Conference USA, if not nationally ... A Butkus Award Watch List selectee who will open his fourth full year in ECU program after officially earning roster position prior to the start of preseason camp in 2005 ... Enjoyed rapid climb up the unit's depth chart and now should complete his career as a three-year starter at one of the outside linebacking positions ... Quickness, instincts and tenacity have fueled development as an honor's candidate on the league and national level but must avoid another injury-plagued (ankle, shoulder) year if goals are to be realized ... Earned unit's Distinction of Outstanding Attitude, Effort and Leadership Award during the spring ... A preseason all-league performer according to Athlon Sports, Phil Steele Magazine and Lindy's ... Netted five stops, one for lost yardage, during first spring scrimmage (3/28), and added two during second contest (4/4) ... Registered three hits during the weather-abbreviated Purple-Gold Game (4/12).
2007: Named to the preseason Butkus Award Watch List before following with 66 total tackles (35 solo, 31 assists), ranking fifth on the team ... Started six of 12 games played ... Tallied 11.0 TFLs for -48 yards, which ranked second on the squad ... Picked off lone pass against USM, returning it 16 yards ... Set a new career-high with 14 tackles against VT and Houston ... Had six games with at least five tackles and three with at least 10 ... Six QBHs stood second on squad ... Notched 100th career tackle against USM ... On C-USA charts, tied for 41st in tackles per game (5.5) ... Missed only game of season at UTEP (shoulder injury) ... Part of a defensive front that held four opponents to 80 yards or less rushing (VT/33, UNC/79, NCSU/49, Memphis/77) ... vs. Va. Tech (9/1): Collected a game-best 14 total tackles (nine solo, five assists), which was a new career-high ... Recorded two TFLs (-2 yards) ... Second career forced fumble in the first quarter ... Credited with a one quarterback hurry ... vs. UNC (9/8): Made one stop on the night (solo) coming on a botched snap on FG attempt in the fourth quarter (12-yard loss) ... Also credited with a pass breakup ... vs. USM (9/15): Led all Pirate tacklers with 10 total stops (six solo, four assists) ... Picked off second career pass in the third quarter off of Jeremy Young and returned it 16 yards ... Had one sack (-8 yards) and 1.5 TFLs (-11 yards) ... vs. WVU (9/22): Credited with five total tackles (two solo, three assists) ... Also had one TFL (-6 yards) ... vs. Houston (9/29): Led all defensive players with 14 total stops (five solo, nine assists) to tie a career-high ... Credited with a half TFL (-1 yard) ... Recovered first career fumble (no return yards) ... vs. UCF (10/6): Credited with three total stops (two solo, assist) ... vs. UTEP (10/13): DNP-INJ ... vs. N.C. State (10/20): Recorded one tackle (assist) ... Also credited with QBH ... vs. UAB (10/27): Collected three tackles (two solo, assist) ... Credited with 2.5 TFLs (-6 yards) ... Also had one QBH ... vs. Memphis (11/3): Tallied one stop (solo) ... Credited with second pass breakup of the season ... Key member of defensive unit that held the Tigers to 77 rushing yards ... vs. Marshall (11/10): Recorded five total tackles (three solo, two assists) ... Had one TFL (-2 yards) ... vs. Tulane (11/24): Booked six tackles (solo, five assists) ... Combined on a sack with Dalvon Mack (-11 yards) ... Credited with one TFL (-8 yards) ... Also credited with a QBH ... vs. Boise State (12/23): Recorded three tackles (all solo) in sixth start of the season ... Credited with two pass break-ups ... Part of a defensive unit that held the Broncos to 98 rushing yards.
2006: Finished second on the team with 68 total tackles (34 solo, 34 assists), which include a team-high eight for lost yardage (-17) ... A third-team All-Conference USA choice by both media and head coaches ... Stood 19th among all league defenders with 6.2 tackles per game ... Recorded at least six stops and at least a half tackle for lost yardage in eight games ... Started nine of 11 games played ... Keyed a vastly-improved defensive line that surrendered an average of just 145 yards rushing a game and held six opponents to 107 or less yards rushing ... Opened first seven games before halting streak against USM because of an ankle injury ... vs. Navy (9/2): Finished fourth on unit with eight tackles, one which came behind the line of scrimmage, during first collegiate start ... vs. UAB (9/9): Produced a game-high ten stops (four solo), including one for lost yardage ... vs. Memphis (9/16): Posted seven tackles (five solo) ... Credited with first forced fumble and netted first career interception in the third quarter, returning it 34 yards, before suffering an ankle sprain late in the contest ... vs. WVU (9/23): Recorded first career sack on a third-and-seven play in the first quarter for a one-yard loss against No. 4 Mountaineers ... Finished contest with six tackles, four coming as solo hits ... vs. UVA (10/7): Equaled a team-best with six stops while also being credited with one quarterback hurry ... vs. Tulsa (10/14): Racked up eight tackles (six solo), including one for lost yardage on the Golden Hurricane's first play from scrimmage ... Knocked down one pass ... vs. SMU (10/21): Registered five tackles ... Teamed up with Wendell Chavis on a tackle for lost yardage on a fourth-and-two play in the third quarter at the Pirates' 27-yard line that resulted in a turnover on downs ... vs. USM (10/28): DNP-INJ (ankle) ... vs. UCF (11/4): Came off bench to book three tackles ... Picked up his second career sack in the second quarter for a four-yard loss ... vs. Marshall (11/11): Contributed four tackles, half coming as solo stops ... vs. Rice (11/18): Registered seven tackles ... vs. N.C. State (11/25): Played key role for a defense that surrendered only 107 rushing yards ... Logged a pair of stops, one coming behind the line of scrimmage (-3 yards) ... vs. USF (12/23): DNP-INJ (shoulder).
2005: Experienced action in two games off the bench in back-to-back weeks (Memphis and UCF) ... Booked a solo tackle in each contest vs. Tigers and Golden Knights.
High School: An all-conference and all-area selection at Glenn High School.
Personal: Full name is Quentin Jaymes Cotton ... Born January 20, 1986 at Winston-Salem, N.C. ... Says pride and loyalty are the headlines of ECU Football ... Lists former linebacker Pernell Griffin as favorite Pirate player ... Wears No. 50 as a tribute to favorite all-time linebacker Mike Singletary ... Credits mother and father as most influential people on career ... Chooses the Olympics as a sporting event he'd most like to see ... A communications major.