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LSU female goalkeeper Mo Isom to try out for PK

Posted on: March 6, 2012 12:19 pm
Edited on: March 7, 2012 2:37 pm

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

There's rarely a dull moment where LSU football -- the program of Les Miles, the "Honey Badger," Death Valley, etc. -- is concerned. And as if we needed any further evidence, the first week of the Tigers' 2012 spring camp could see even more SEC history being made on the bayou.

Former LSU women's soccer goalkeeper Mo Isom will attempt to walk on to the Tiger roster Tuesday, putting her soccer-honed leg to the test in a tryout to become the team's newest placekicker. Isom would become the first female college football player in SEC history and just the second in FBS history, following former Colorado and New Mexico kicker Katie Hnida. 

A fifth-year senior who has exhausted her eligibility on the soccer field, Isom has been planning the tryout since early 2011 and began working on field goals and kickoffs with the football team in workouts last September, station WDSU reported.

"I had [trying out] in my mind, and I approached some of the players I know, and they were so enthusiastic. And then I talked to some of the coaching staff, because of course I wanted to be in their good graces," Isom told LSU blog And the Valley Shook in a November interview. "I was expecting to see some resistance but all the doors were open to me, and everybody has been so excited, which is so great."

The daughter of a former college football player at Division II Carson-Newman , Isom said Tuesday her only motivation was attempting to make the team.

"People's first presumption is that it's a media stunt or some attempt for attention and glory," she said. "That couldn't be any farther from the truth."

Miles said in a statement following practice Tuesday that if he felt adding Isom to the roster would help the team, he wouldn't hesitate to do it.

"If she gave us an opportunity and an advantage, and I mean add an advantage, then certainly we would consider that," he said. "The good thing about it is she's an athlete. She's been through team before. She understands the commitment."

"I would have much less reservations with her than I would any number of other people that frankly didn't know what they were getting into," he added. "Obviously, she's got ball skills. She's been around it."

A Georgia native, Isom's difficult life away from the soccer field -- including her father's suicide and a battle with bulimia, as documented in this piece -- means she won't likely find the tryout process over-intimidating.

Isom told ATVS that she had connected on a 51-yarder in practice, and to judge by this highlight, leg strength may not be much of an issue:

"It would just be a fantastic way to spend my last year as a Tiger," she told ATVS. "And I love the guys on the team. I just think it would be a really special experience."

Isom would have a difficult time seeing the field even if she made the roster; rising senior Drew Alleman returns as the Tiger starter after hitting 16-of-18 field goals and 62 of his 63 extra points in 2011.

But whatever level of success she found with the Tigers, Isom would be breaking new ground in the SEC. The Southeast as a region has not been unfriendly towards female kickers, however; Ashley Martin became the first woman to score in a Division I game for FCS Jacksonville (Ala.) State, and in 2003 Tonya Butler became the first female kicker to kick an NCAA field goal at Division II West Alabama.

Sports Illustrated's Andy Staples pointed out that Isom has already competed against members of the current Tigers' roster, taking on defensive back Tryann Mathieu in an episode of Isom's "Meaux Vs." YouTube series.


Photo by LSU Sports Information, via ATVS. HT their way for the SI link as well. For more on Isom and other reports from LSU's spring practice, follow Glenn Guilbeau's Tiger RapidReports.

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Since: Feb 27, 2008
Posted on: March 7, 2012 3:55 pm

LSU female goalkeeper Mo Isom to try out for PK

I'm glad she has some "ball skills".  It's a lost art.

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2012 3:21 pm

LSU female goalkeeper Mo Isom to try out for PK

We will take her as a starter at Boise State!!!!    XD

Since: Jul 28, 2009
Posted on: March 7, 2012 12:37 pm

LSU female goalkeeper Mo Isom to try out for PK

Post game showers just got more interesing.

Since: Jun 2, 2010
Posted on: March 7, 2012 11:58 am

LSU female goalkeeper Mo Isom to try out for PK

with the embarrassing,pathetic,poor excuse of an offense that lsu has she can probably win first string status not only in kicking but also at qb.....lsu should be ashamed and humiliated to have to bring a girl in to score points on offense.....LMAO!!

Since: Oct 14, 2008
Posted on: March 7, 2012 10:12 am

LSU female goalkeeper Mo Isom to try out for PK

Kicker?? That chick is the new LSU quarterback. Now they have a fighting chance to put some offensive points on the board.

Since: Jul 24, 2010
Posted on: March 7, 2012 9:28 am

LSU female goalkeeper Mo Isom to try out for PK

Undoubtedly this will generate five minutes of fame for LSU and the program. 
Oh,THAT's the motivation; LSU needs 5 minutes of fame. That whole staying #1 in the country for the whole season, winning the SEC and playing for the National Championship thing last year went completely unnoticed. Now I get it.

Since: Jul 24, 2010
Posted on: March 7, 2012 9:25 am

LSU female goalkeeper Mo Isom to try out for PK

For those that don't keep up with LSU football; as stated in a press release yesterday: "LSU returns the most accurate placekicker in school history in senior Drew Alleman, who converted 16-of-18 field goals in his first year as a starter with the Tigers in 2011." I also know they have some talented guys behind Alleman, working hard, waiting their turn. Miles always has good kickers...and guys who can run fakes (South Carolina and Florida, for example, will remember a few plays in the past few years). So the best this young lady could possibly hope for would be to make the squad as a backup; and maybe get to dress out for home games. But that in itself would be pretty cool.

Since: Aug 13, 2011
Posted on: March 7, 2012 9:17 am

LSU female goalkeeper Mo Isom to try out for PK


You guys are sissy for supporting her.  She is a wannabe attention now and she got it!  I would tell my daughter to save the embarrasment for the family only and do find something better to do.  This bimbo is an attention seeker.
Seriously? You don't know this person and you called her a bimbo? Why is that? Maybe she is a very competitive athlete and can't stand the thought of doing nothing if she still has a year of eligibility left. Maybe she is so competitive that she desires to engage in the highest level of competition she can find. If a male were to do this, no one would blink an eye. It's a man thing, after all. We're supposed to feel like that. But if a woman were to be competitive she somehow becomes a bimbo? When Hillary Clinton was competing successfully in the man's world of politics, how many men called her a what? Really? Come on, give her a break.

Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: March 7, 2012 3:34 am

LSU female goalkeeper Mo Isom to try out for PK

Undoubtedly this will generate five minutes of fame for LSU and the program.  In the end, no one will really care if she doesn't make the team.  I guess this is one way to get people talking about spring football anyway. 

Since: Apr 19, 2008
Posted on: March 7, 2012 1:16 am
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