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Will Gulley

Height: 6-3 | Weight: 222 | College: Houston
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Is one of 10 returning starters on the defensive side of the ball … regains the starting free safety spot after sitting out during the 2005 campaign … will be an honors candidate again this season … one of the top defenders on the Cougar squad … gifted athlete who has a nose for making the big play … runs with wide receivers and is tough enough to mix it up with linemen … has a knack for forcing turnovers and helping stop the opponent's momentum.

2006 Season

2006 All-Conference USA First Team (Media) … 2006 All-Conference USA First Team (Coaches) … Led team with 93 tackles, including 61 solo stops, five interceptions and two fumble recoveries … Tied for team lead with two forced fumbles … Returned to the Cougar starting lineup at Rice during the season opener … Posted seven tackles, including six solo, against the Owls during his comeback … Made five tackles, including four solo, and returned an interception 18 yards at Miami (Fla.) … Made 10 tackles, including three solo, with a pass breakup against Louisiana- Lafayette … Led all players with 13 tackles, including 11 solo, at Southern Miss … Made six tackles, including four solo, with an interception, pass breakup and two quarterback hurries against UTEP … Led all players with 15 tackles, including nine solo stops, against UCF.

Forced two fumbles and returned an interception eight yards against the Golden Knights … Posted five tackles, including three solo, with a pass breakup and fumble recovery against Tulsa … Led all Cougars with nine tackles, including eight solo, with a pair of pass breakups at SMU to help the Cougars clinch the C-USA West Division … Topped all players with 15 tackles, including 10 solo at Memphis to help the Cougars clinch home- field advantage for the C-USA Championship game … Also returned two interceptions for 17 yards against the Tigers … Finished with seven tackles, including three solo, and recovered a fumble against Southern Miss during the C-USA Championship Game.

2005 Season

Sat out the entire season with a knee injury suffered during the fall of 2004.

2004 Season

Started eight of the first nine games of the season before a knee injury sidelined him for the remaining two games … still finished the year with 71 total tackles and a team-leading four interceptions … also had three forced fumbles and five tackles for losses … halted a Rice drive with an 16-yard interception return in the end zone during the season opener … posted eight tackles, including five solo stops, and forced a fumble against No. 4 Miami … led all players with 15 tackles, including 11 solo stops at Memphis … recorded 10 tackles, including seven solo) and added a tackle for a 2-yard loss, pass breakup and a pair of quarterback hurries at Southern Miss … led all players with 15 tackles, including 13 solo stops, forced a fumble and broke up a pass at C-USA rival TCU … recorded six tackles, including two solo stops and added a 5-yard sack against Tulane … made three interceptions and returned them a combined 32 yards against East Carolina during Homecoming … became the first Cougar player since Johnny Jackson in 1987 to pick off three opposing passes … tied for the third-highest single-game performance in school history … also made seven tackles, including six solo and one for a loss of a yard against the Pirates … was named the Conference USA Defensive Player of the Week following that performance.

2003 Season

Ranked second on the team with 104 total tackles, including 76 solo efforts … tied for the team lead with four interceptions and finshed second with seven pass breakkups … led all UH defenders with three forced fumbles … one of only nine players to start all 13 games … enjoyed a career day at No. 5 Michigan when he led all players with 14 tackles, including 12 solo stops, and led team with three pass break-ups … made five tackles with three solo stops and forced a fumble at Louisiana-Lafayette … finished second among the Cougars with 10 tackles, including eight solo stops against Mississippi State.

Picked off a pair of passes and returned them a combined 13 yards in front of a nationally-televised audience on ESPN2 at East Carolina … also recorded seven tackles with three solo stops against the Pirates … made eight solo tackles, including one for a seven-yard loss and added a quarterback hurry against Conference USA rival Memphis … led the Cougars with 12 tackles, including a game-high 11 solo stops, against and forced a fumble against 15th-ranked TCU … tied for team lead with 10 tackles, including six solo, and broke up a pair of passes against Southern Miss during Homecoming … led all Cougar defenders with two pass breakups and finished with five tackles, including three solo, at Army … led all players with 13 tackles, including a team-best nine solo stops at Louisville … made six tackles with four solo stops and returned an interception 32 yards against Hawai'i in the bowl game … pickoff return was the second longest interception return in school bowl history.

2002 Season

Appeared in all 12 games as a true freshman … was an important part of the Cougar special teams … finished season with three solo tackles … made tackles against TCU, Army and Memphis.

High School

Was a Dave Campbell's Texas Football Lone Star All-Star Team DB finalist … also a Dave Campbell's Texas Football 3A Player-of-the-Year finalist … Websider Top 150 member … ranked #61 DB in nation by Rivals.com … named District MVP as a senior at Newton High School … was a three-time, First-Team, All-District performer at safety … recorded over 160 tackles and 16 interceptions during his last two years … also picked up All-District honors twice for wide receiver … also caught 35 passes for 652 yards and 11 TDs in two years … led Newton to an 11-3 mark as a senior … was the Class 3A state champion in the triple jump.


Born April 20, 1984, in Newton, Texas … son of James and Patricia Gulley of Newton … has a daughter, Jaydah, born July 14, 2002 … also recruited by Texas Tech, Northwestern, Purdue, Louisiana Tech and Iowa … enjoys playing basketball and being with his daughter and family during his spare time … brother Rod Gulley played football at McNeese State and other brother James played basketball at Lamar … majoring in sports administration.


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