Richard Mullaney spent just one year at Alabama, but it was enough to land him a spot in the NFL.
After going undrafted, the wide receiver agreed to a free agent deal with the Houston Texans on Saturday evening.
Mullaney played three seasons at Oregon State before transferring to Alabama last year. His production — 38 receptions, 390 yards, five touchdowns — was key for a Crimson Tide team that lost starting receiver Robert Foster in September.
The Thousand Oaks, Calif., native was a featured receiver for the Beavers, but decided to exercise his grad-transfer option when Oregon State coach Mike Riley left for Nebraska in 2014.
Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin took interest in Mullaney after watching his highlight reel, and the wideout signed last January.
“He’s made a lot of clutch catches,” Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban told LATimes.com’s Gary Klein before the national title game, “and even plays his position extremely well without the ball, which I think is sometimes overlooked.”