Chris Gulla spent his first year on the Penn State campus watching and learning from a pair of veterans in punter Alex Butterworth and placekicker Sam Ficken. A four-year starter at Toms River North High School, where he played for former Nittany Lion Chip LaBarca, Gulla should be a strong challenger for the starting punting duties with the graduation of Butterworth. Gulla also will look to push Ficken for the placekicking responsibilities. Gulla was among a trio of Nittany Lions to compile a perfect 4.00 grade-point average during the spring semester. The Dean's List student entered the summer with a 3.60 cumulative grade-point average and is a potential Academic All-Big Ten candidate. Gulla is among 12 returning Nittany Lions from New Jersey.
2013 (Freshman Season)
Redshirt season. Gulla earned a perfect 4.00 grade-point average during the 2014 spring semester.
Gulla handled the punting and place kicking duties at Toms River High School, playing for head coach Chip Labarca. Gulla was a two-time first team All-Shore honoree for the Mariners and connected on six-of-seven field goals attempts during both his junior and senior seasons. He was a four-year letterwinner and was elected team captain during his senior season. Gulla also excelled in the classroom, earning Academic All-Shore honors his final season at TRHS. He was selected to play in the All-Shore Game and the North-South Game.
Full name is Christopher Gulla. He is the son of Dennis and Donna Gulla. He has one brother, Kyle, and one sister, Megan. His sister, Megan, is enrolled in the master's program at Penn State. In his free time he enjoys surfing. Intends on majoring in marketing. Born November 25, 1994 in Toms River, N.J.