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The Nittany Lions opened the home portion of their 2014 schedule against the Akron Zips at Beaver Stadium Sept. 6, 2014.
Season: Appeared in 12 games with four starts at punter, missing one game due to injury...Handled the holding duties on placements for the majority of the season...Named Academic All-Big Ten. Rutgers (9/19): Hit five punts for 205 yards for an average of 41.0 yards per punt...Connected on a season-long 52-yard punt in the second quarter...All five punts forced Rutgers to start at or inside its own 15-yard line...His 41.0-yard average was the highest for the Nittany Lions since averaging 48.8 yards per punt against Akron last season...His five punts downed inside the 20-yard line equal the total number by the Nittany Lions last season and were the most in a single game since having six punts inside the 20 against Nebraska in 2013...Was the coaching staff's Special Teams Player of the Week. San Diego State (9/26): Punted seven times for 294 yards...Averaged 42.0 yards per punt with a game-long 51-yarder in the fourth quarter...Had one punt downed inside the 20-yard line. Army (10/3): Hit five punts for 160 yards...Averaged 32.0 yards per punt with a long of 46 yards...Pinned one punt inside the 20 with one being fair caught...Made one tackle. at Ohio State (10/17): Punted four times for an average of 36.2 yards...Added one assisted tackle. at Northwestern (11/7): Punted twice for an average of 32.0 yards. at Michigan State (11/28): Registered his first career kickoff...Hit three kickoffs for an average of 47.0 yards, which was skewed by an on-side kick in the fourth quarter.
➤ 2014 ➤ Redshirt Freshman Season
Awards: Nominated for Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-America®...Selected Academic All-Big Ten for the first time.
Season: Appeared in all 13 games...Saw time as punter and holder for Sam Ficken on placements...Punted 28 times for a 37.3-yard average...Had nine punts downed inside the 20...Served as the holder for Ficken on all placements following the injury to Ryan Keiser prior to the Ohio State game. UCF (8/30): Made his first career appearance in the Croke Park Classic in Dublin, Ireland...Booted a 41-yard punt for a touchback in his only attempt. Akron (9/6): Punted five times for an average of 48.8 yards per punt...Broke Penn State's yards per punt average by a freshman in a game, topping Jeremy Kapinos' record set in 2003 (47.8 ypp, Boston College)...Had three punts downed inside the 20-yard line. At Rutgers (9/13): Punted six times...Had three punts downed inside the 20-yard line. UMass (9/20): Had one punt for 35 yards. Northwestern (9/27): Booted six punts for a 35.0-yard average. At Michigan (10/11): Punted five times for a 33.4 average...Pinned two kicks inside the 20-yard line. Ohio State (10/25): Booted four punts for an average of 37.5 yards...Had a long punt of 43 yards...Knocked one punt inside the 20.
➤ 2013 ➤ True Freshman Season
Redshirt season...Earned a perfect 4.00 grade-point average during the 2014 spring semester.
➤ High School
A four-year starter at Toms River North High School, playing for head coach Chip LaBarca, who lettered for the Nittany Lions from 1991-93...Handled the punting and placekicking duties in all four seasons...Elected team captain as a senior...Selected all-state and was a two-time first-team All-Shore honoree...Made 17-of-22 career field goal attempts...Connected on six-of-seven field goal attempts during both his junior and senior seasons...Hit a 45-yard game-winning field goal to beat Southern Regional High School...Averaged 42 yards per punt...Excelled in the classroom, earning Academic All-Shore honors his final season...Selected to play in the All-Shore Game and the North-South Game.
Full name is Christopher Michael Gulla...Son of Dennis and Donna Gulla...Has one brother, Kyle, and one sister, Megan...Megan is a graduate student at Penn State...Plans to major in marketing...Born November 25, 1994 in Toms River, N.J.
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