Texans Draft A&M’s 12th Man
A&M 12th Man Cullen Gillaspia selected in the seventh round by the Houston Texans
By Olin Buchanan, TexAgs
Cullen Gillaspia (Epsilon Delta–Texas A&M ’15), perhaps the best player to ever don Texas A&M’s 12th Man jersey, now will wear a Houston Texans jersey.
The Texans chose Gillaspia on Saturday in the seventh round of the NFL draft. The selection of Gillaspia adds to a tremendous success story of one of the most popular Aggies from the last three seasons.
“Houston is a special place, and I couldn’t be more excited to play for the city that raised me!”
“Getting to play for the Texans is a dream come true,” Cullen said. “Houston is a special place, and I couldn’t be more excited to play for the city that raised me!”
Known for his long blonde hair and reckless style of play on special teams, Gillaspia was a Texas A&M walk-on in 2014 after earning recognition as an all-district linebacker at Katy Taylor High School.
Gillaspia redshirted in 2014, but appeared in three games on special teams in 2015. As a third-year sophomore he began to distinguish himself as the 12th Man. He earned a scholarship after August camp and then went on to earn Special Teams Co-MVP status. He posted nine tackles, forced a fumble and recovered a fumble.
Then, in 2017 he made an even bigger contribution. A team captain, he posted nine tackles, blocked a punt against Florida and blocked another punt for a safety against Alabama and returned two kickoffs for 18 yards.
He also took on a fullback role when Jimbo Fisher took over as coach in 2018. Gillaspia posted two tackles on special teams, on of which pinned Kentucky inside its own 10-yard line.
He also was a lead blocker for tailback Trayveon Williams, who rushed for a school record 1,760 yards. Gillaspia caught five passes for 52 yards and rushed five times for 33 yards, including a 13-yard touchdown run against against North Carolina State in the Gator Bowl.
Gillaspia completed his A&M career with 25 tackles, a forced fumble, a recovered fumble and two blocked kicks.