LSU women's soccer goalkeeper Mo Isom failed to make the Tiger roster in her first attempt to walk on, but says she'll try again in the fall--with the blessing of Les Miles.
Isom tweeted the following Tuesday afternoon, in the wake of kicking tryouts held last week:
Wonderful meeting w/ Coach Miles. Received great constructive feedback. Will continue working my hardest w/ the team thru Spring&Summer &...— Mo Isom (@MoIsom89) March 13, 2012
(cont) see where I stand in August. There is still much to this journey & I will not give up on my dream. Living by #GodsOdds &working hard!— Mo Isom (@MoIsom89) March 13, 2012
"We reviewed her skill, the things she can do and do well," Miles said. "We felt like there are four guys on the team now that would be ahead of anybody that tried out, including Mo. I told her that.
"She did not want to take that she couldn't make the team. She said, 'Do I get another opportunity if I get a lot better?' I said, 'Sure.'"
Miles did specify that Isom would have to "concentrate on extra points and field goals," since he wasn't "comfortable" with her ability to make tackles on kickoff coverage.
"There are some things she can't do, and she knows it," Miles said. "When we kick off to the corner, we count on our kicker making some tackles. It's just not something I'm comfortable she's ready to do. You can't put a person there that cannot tackle."
But Miles was quick to say Isom had not undergone the tryout process for the attention.
"It's too painful to be after publicity," he said. "Who in the heck would go through this for publicity? Not anybody I know, and not somebody who had a great career already (on the Tiger soccer team). She has already accomplished a lot."
Isom was bidding to become just the second female college football player in FBS history, and the first in the SEC. We admire both her determination in pursuing her goal, and Miles' apparent willingness to evaluate her ability fairly--neither bringing her aboard solely for his team's own "publicity" purposes, nor brusquely dismissing her out of hand.
But after this setback, it also seems like Isom has a long way to go to ever see the field in a college football game.
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