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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: Oct 5, 2006
Posted on: March 6, 2012 5:06 pm

LSU female goalkeeper Mo Isom to try out for PK

Hey, maybe if we let girls play football, it will get some men's sports reinstated at a lot of schools,  we could count football as a co ed sport, meaning it counts toward women's scholarships.  Guys who run track, gymnasts and the like should be hoping that all schools get some girl football players.

Since: Jun 8, 2008
Posted on: March 6, 2012 4:34 pm

LSU female goalkeeper Mo Isom to try out for PK

As a head coach this simply wouldn't be worth the distraction at a serious program.
Well at leats it would be a better distraction than the drugs and bar brawls last year.

Since: Jan 19, 2007
Posted on: March 6, 2012 4:33 pm

LSU female goalkeeper Mo Isom to try out for PK

Sexist comments? Here? Shocking.

Truthfully, it is wrong to focus only on her looks. If she's one of the 2 best PKs trying out, she deserves to be on the team. But if looks shouldn't matter when it comes to your career (except for maybe modeling), why aren't all women upset that the hottest women tennis players of golfers or race car drivers seem to get a disproportionate amount of attention in the press and with bigger endorsement deals compared to those who are actually better at their profession than the hotties? Where is the outrage by female broadcasters who have a platform? Oh yeah, female broadcasters are usually hot. Lots of people can read a teleprompter with a nice voice. Not everyone is smokin' hot. I guess it's OK for your looks to make you a millionaire in some cases. Kinda inconsistent, though.

Don't wear tight, revealing clothes if you don't want the sexual-based attention. Don't be fine with a gal posing for a hot sports poster and resent how it's viewed. Wait, I see. You do want the attention and the perks if you are hot. You work the hotness. You love the hotness. Everyone knows it. If you got it, flaunt it.

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Posted on: March 6, 2012 4:32 pm
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Posted on: March 6, 2012 4:29 pm
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Since: Jun 8, 2008
Posted on: March 6, 2012 4:28 pm

LSU female goalkeeper Mo Isom to try out for PK

What happens on a bad snap and she picks the ball up to try and run it in and gets KILLED literally not figuratively
Have you seen thesize of most punters and kickers compared to the other positions. It wouldnt be any different that that and she wouldnt get killed. Hurt maybe but that goes with any kicker.

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Posted on: March 6, 2012 4:26 pm
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Since: Jun 8, 2008
Posted on: March 6, 2012 4:25 pm

LSU female goalkeeper Mo Isom to try out for PK

This is a story I would have expected to come out of Alabama after last years abismal kicking effort, lol. She's gotta have a leg, coaches have little time to waste on some lame PR stunt. Good Luck but keep em wide right against the Tide!

Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: March 6, 2012 4:23 pm
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Since: Sep 30, 2011
Posted on: March 6, 2012 4:03 pm

LSU female goalkeeper Mo Isom to try out for PK

She's got a serious leg for sure.  Is the conversation about whether or not a woman should allowed to play at all or just in the SEC?  LSU is too big to be making a mockery of the sport as a PR stunt, so the girl must be qualified to try out.  There is no mandate that says they have too, like when Demi Moore was trying to become a Navy Seal.

I imagine the men opposed to this are the same ones that are closet homo's and go gay bashing to help repress their own feelings on the weekends.  It's just wrong.  Get over the fact that your son or daughter will not grow up to have half of the athletic skill as Isom.

Instead of bashing the idea, how about wishing her well in the endeavor.  I am pulling for her, if she is the best one to take that spot, then she should have it.  As for what happens on a botched snap and she gets hit....that is a part of the game, one she is fully aware of as she gets ready to tryout.  As long as their is no "bounty" placed on her, and other teams are not told to ease up on her, then all should be right with the world.

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