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Sports Vanderbilt kicker Sarah Fuller makes history, becoming first woman to play in Power Five football game

23:25  28 november  2020
23:25  28 november  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

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The Vanderbilt University football team made history this weekend by enlisting the athletic prowess of one its star soccer players for their own sport and this time it's not a man. Sarah Fuller just became the first woman to play in a Power 5 college football game .

Sarah Fuller is officially the first . She made history Saturday afternoon in Missouri, becoming the first woman to play in a power -conference college football game . The Vanderbilt place- kicker kicked off to start the second half of Vanderbilt ’s game against Missouri, writing her name into the

Vanderbilt's Sarah Fuller kicked off to start the second half against Missouri on Saturday, becoming the first woman to play in a Power Five football game.

It was a squib kick to the Missouri 35-yard line.

Fuller, a senior goalkeeper for Vanderbilt's soccer team, was asked to join the football team this week after COVID-19 contact tracing depleted the roster of specialists. She was the only kicker who traveled with the Commodores, according to Vanderbilt spokesperson Alan George.

a group of baseball players playing a football game: Vanderbilt's Sarah Fuller kicked off to start the second half Saturday against Missouri. © L.G. Patterson, AP Vanderbilt's Sarah Fuller kicked off to start the second half Saturday against Missouri.

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Should she play kicker on Saturday, Fuller would become the first woman to play in a Power 5 Conference college football game , according to the Vanderbilt Athletics website. The Power 5 is made up of the biggest athletic conferences, including the SEC, Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC)

Women ’s soccer player Sarah Fuller will don a football uniform Saturday for Vanderbilt and is poised to become the first woman to play in a Power 5 game “Let’s make history ,” Fuller wrote Friday on Twitter with a photo of herself wearing a football jersey with a soccer ball between her feet while

Punter/holder Harrison Smith and long snapper Wesley Schelling also made the trip.

Last Sunday, Fuller led the Vanderbilt soccer team to an SEC tournament title. On Saturday, she suited up in her No. 32 football jersey with "Play Like a Girl" written on the back of her helmet.

"She’s been playing soccer since she was 4 years old. She’s been playing football for about four days," Sarah's mother, Windi Fuller, said on ESPN's "SportsCenter."

"So it’s been an experience and a huge learning curve for her."

Fuller is the first woman to play in a Power Five conference, including the SEC. She follows New Mexico's Katie Hnida (2003) and Kent State's April Goss (2015), who both scored points as kickers in FBS games, though in Group of Five conferences.

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HISTORY MADE @VandyFootball’s Sarah Fuller is the first woman in college football history to play in a Power 5 game . pic.twitter.com/zhSaLqa3Bg. She told Vanderbilt 's website that said the historical aspect of the situation is "amazing and incredible," but " I 'm also trying to separate that

Sarah Fuller will become the first woman to participate in a power -conference football game when she serves as Vanderbilt ’s kicker . The soccer team’s goalie, Fuller was brought in with a number of special teams players being unable to play due to positive COVID-19 tests.

Women have made a few appearances in college football games since 1997, when Liz Heaston kicked two extra points for Willamette, then an NAIA program.

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Vanderbilt kicker Sarah Fuller becomes first woman to score in Power Five college football game .
Vanderbilt kicker Sarah Fuller became the first woman to score in a Power Five college football game Saturday against Tennessee. In the first quarter, Fuller made an extra-point kick after a Vanderbilt touchdown pass from Ken Seals to Cam Johnson. When the extra-point team ran onto the field, Fuller remained on the sideline for a few moments before holder Harrison Smith waved her on. Start the day smarter. Get all the news you need in your inbox each morning. Fuller is one of three kickers on the Commodores' active roster, along with Pierson Cooke and Wes Farley.

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