You have probably already heard of new Vanderbilt kicker Sarah Fuller. The goalkeeper for the women’s soccer team has been a major talking point since joining the football team earlier this week.
Now, she has officially made history.
Against the Missouri Tigers on Saturday, Fuller came out to make the opening kickoff to start the second half. Why didn’t she attempt a field goal? Well, Vanderbilt had six scoreless possessions with five punts and one turnover-on-downs in the first half.
But that is beside the point.
The kickoff wasn’t exactly traditional either. It was more of a squib kick (understandable) that landed the Tigers on the 35-yard line. But it was a first nonetheless. Check out the tweet from the SEC Network:
— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) November 28, 2020
So, what is the historical significance of this? Well if you haven’t heard, Fuller has now become the first woman to participate in a college football game for a Power Five program.
What makes this even more impressive?
She was helping the Commodores win a SEC championship in soccer a week ago. We talk about multi-sport athletes all the time, and making the switch from soccer to place-kicking in football certainly qualifies.
Good for her.
Vanderbilt ended up getting beat 41-0 in the game to fall to 0-8 on the season, but the Fuller storyline will be the main takeaway and talking point.
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