|Height: 6.01||Born: Calgary, AB|
|Weight: 230||College: Victoria Rebels|
|Birthdate: 1986-07-05||Years: 7 CGY / 7 CFL|
|Status: Non-Import||Games Played: 115|
Calgary signed Cote as an undrafted free agent on Apr. 30, 2007.
Cote started 16 games at fullback and had eight catches for 75 yards and a touchdown, three carries for five yards and nine special-teams tackles. He has also returned two kickoffs for 17 yards. In Game 7 against BC he had a 22-yard catch from Rob Maver on a fake punt. He was on the injured list for Game 11 and the reserve list for Game 13. Cote also started the Western Final and registered a special-teams tackle and returned one kickoff for 14 yards.
Cote dressed for all 18 regular-season games and all three post-season contests. As the Stamps’ fullback, he played a key role in Jon Cornish’s CFL rushing title. Cote also contributed to the offence by making a career-high 17 catches for a career-best 184 yards. He matched his single-season best with two touchdowns. His scores came in a July 7 game in Toronto and a Sept. 14 game against Winnipeg. The latter touchdown came on a trick play as the Stamps set up for a field goal, but holder Bo Levi Mitchell instead tossed the ball to Cote for a 26-yard major. Cote also saw action on special teams and made six tackles. He had a nine-yard reception in the Grey Cup game.
Cote dressed for 14 regular-season games, making 14 starts at fullback and seeing regular duty on all the special-teams units. He missed four games with a knee injury but returned to the starting lineup on Aug. 12. Cote’s primary value on offence comes from his excellent blocking but he also recorded career high with 15 receptions and 171 yards. On Oct. 30 against Montreal, he had a 41-yard catch-and-run to establish a new career long. His best single-game total in catches during the season was a four-catch effort in the season-opener against Toronto on July 1. He added four special-teams tackles on the season. He also played in the West Division semifinal against Edmonton.
Cote played in 18 regular-season games as well as the West final, starting all 19 contests at fullback. He tied his career high with 11 receptions for a total of 111 yards and added 11 rushing yards on three carries. Cote also matched his career high with two touchdown grabs. Seven of his receptions came against the BC Lions, including a touchdown pass from Drew Tate on Aug. 7 in Vancouver. His other major came in Edmonton on Sept. 10 on an eight-yard throw from Henry Burris. Cote was once again a mainstay on special teams, contributing 10 special-teams tackles. On July 31 against Winnipeg, Cote played in his 50th career CFL game.
Cote played in 17 regular-season games as well as two playoff contests and made a total of six starts, including the West semifinal against Edmonton. He was the team leader in special-teams tackles with 19. Asked to play a larger role in the offence after an injury to Teyo Johnson, Cote responded with a series of big plays. On Oct. 17 against Saskatchewan he scored an overtime touchdown on a six-yard catch. He had another six-yard reception for a score the following week against Edmonton and the week after that he fell just inches short of the end-zone on a 28-yard catch at BC. During that Oct. 31 contest against the Lions, he registered a career-high four catches for 75 yards. For the season, he had seven receptions for 99 yards and two scores. He also had four carries for 20 yards.
In his second season with the Stamps, Cote played in 10 games, starting in six. He contributed on offence in the run game as a lead blocker and in the passing game by hauling in a pair of receptions for 23 yards. Cote also recorded three special-teams tackles.
In his first professional season, Cote dressed in all 18 regular-season games. In his first CFL game, Cote had one carry for three yards and three receptions for 20 yards and a touchdown. The score was the first of his CFL career and garnered him the CFL’s top-Canadian honours in Week 1. He scored his only other touchdown of the season against BC on July 28, a 20-yard pass reception from Henry Burris. He had another multi-reception game against Hamilton on Sept. 21. He added one reception for three yards in the West Division Semi Final at Saskatchewan.
Following his time at Cochrane High School, Cote played for the Victoria Rebels of the British Columbia Football Conference. In his two seasons, he amassed 49 carries for 407 yards, 90 receptions for 1,698 yards and 20 touchdowns. He also added 12 tackles, one fumble recovery and one pass completion for 17 yards. He was the Rebels’ MVP for both seasons.
Cote is very active in the community. On May 1, he continued his role as the player representative to Hospice Calgary as he walked for the sixth consecutive year in the Hike for Hospice. Cote grew up in Cochrane, playing for the Cochrane High School Cobras. He was a Rockyview Football all-star from 2001 to 2003 and the league MVP in 2003. He completed his bachelor of commerce degree with a major in operations management from the University of Calgary in 2010.