Conference USA Football Championship - Houston 34, Southern Mississippi 20 (AP Photos/Dave Einsel)
C-USA Defensive Player of the Week (Nov. 8, 2004)
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...
2005: Sat out the entire season with a knee injury suffered during the fall of 2004... 2004: 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: 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: 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... Personal: 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.