Texas A&M’s No. 12 jersey has a new owner.
Junior linebacker Braden White has been named the program’s new 12th Man, replacing Cullen Gillaspia who wore it for 38 straight games before getting drafted by the Houston Texans.
“He’s a very hard worker and it’s much deserved,” Gillaspia told The Eagle Tuesday.
White has seen action in 18 games, primarily on special teams, over the past two years. He recently graduated with a business degree and is a walk-on to the football team.
The Florence, Ala. native had 102 tackles, 11 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks during his senior season in high school.
His predecessor, Gillaspia, brought the 12th Man position back into the spotlight. His career, which went from walk-on linebacker to scholarship linebacker them moving to offense, culminated in a 13-yard touchdown run to close out a 52-13 Aggie win in the Gator Bowl. He was the first 12th Man to record a touchdown.
The record for most games in the 12th Man jersey belongs to Sam Moeller, who donned the number for 39 games from 2013-2015.
The A&M tradition dates back to the 1922 Dixie Classic, when E.King Gill, the original 12th Man, was summoned from the stands to suit up, should the injury depleted Aggies need him. Now, the moniker refers to the entire Aggie student body, former and current students alike.