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Kentucky's Kole Cottam (Chet White/UK Athletics)


Adversity Doesn’t Deter UK’s Cottam

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There’s a reason why sophomore catcher Kole Cottam wears jersey No. 13 for the Kentucky Wildcats, and it has nothing to do with a lucky or unlucky number.

It has to do with the 13 surgeries in 14 years he endured.

Cottam, a 6-foot-3, 230-pound native of Memphis, has been battling for life since the day he was born, weighing just four pounds, eight ounces.

He entered the world about 10 weeks premature and had to have stitches on[…]