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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: Dec 7, 2007
Posted on: March 6, 2012 3:55 pm

LSU female goalkeeper Mo Isom to try out for PK

mistersimple, we had a great kicker last year, Drew Alleman. You are thinking of alabama. LSU is actually a pretty diverse, inclusive school with a forward thinking administration. All of you children spouting hate and fear for females on here need to grow up. If she makes the team she'll be fine.

Since: Jul 5, 2008
Posted on: March 6, 2012 3:54 pm

LSU female goalkeeper Mo Isom to try out for PK

Having a daughter in college, I must admit...I would be a little hesitant in letting my daughter try out. all reality, I think she should go for it if she can kick a football.  LSU needs a kicker with accuracy.  This young lady can kick the heck out of a soccer ball.  That video clip was impressive!  Good leg and kicked a soccer ball well.  With that being said...kicking a football is a little bit different.  It will be interesting to see how she does in practice.  I would think she might be decent to get a coach to allow her to walk on.

As for the female aspect of all this...yes, some changes are going to have to be made in the locker room speeches and all.  But if she is good enough to make the team, I think the male players will respect that because she could lead to winning a game or two each year.

Lastly, they have already made a movie about this scenerio.  I believe it was Kathy Ireland who played the kicker.  Maybe that will be the example used by LSU!

Since: Oct 7, 2006
Posted on: March 6, 2012 3:28 pm

LSU female goalkeeper Mo Isom to try out for PK

Seriously, a school always in top 5 of recruiting didnt learn anything from last season about not having a kicker worth his jersey? i dont care how good she is.. it amazes me that the team let it come to this.. something so glaring of a need last season how do they not land the top kicker in the country as a priority?

Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: March 6, 2012 2:59 pm
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Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: March 6, 2012 2:46 pm

LSU female goalkeeper Mo Isom to try out for PK


Last year LSU carried two kickers.  It is commonplace for Div 1A teams to carry multiple place kickers.  Since there is no official roster limit for NCAA Div 1A teams, she won't be taking a roster spot from anyone.  Finally, nobody is forcing LSU to do anything.  If she can make the team on her ability, good for her. 

Since: Aug 11, 2006
Posted on: March 6, 2012 2:31 pm

LSU female goalkeeper Mo Isom to try out for PK

I got two daughters and I am all about = rights but, big but, this is div 1 SEC football? What happens on a bad snap and she picks the ball up to try and run it in and gets KILLED literally not figuratively

Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: March 6, 2012 2:26 pm

LSU female goalkeeper Mo Isom to try out for PK

so LSU would be forced to carry TWO PKs?  Or would they intend to have her perform kick-offs too?  Is so, how would that work?  Is she going to go down and backup the kick coverage team?  LSU isn't DIV III ball; she'd be on the same field with several 225-260lb roid raging manimals who would seriously hurt her if she tried to tackle them or got bulldozed by a blocker.
kicking extra points and FGs is problematic and relatively safe. I have resistance to that. BUT if she's going to have kickoff duties, that opens up a whole can of problems. So again, is LSU going to spend TWO roster spots on kickers?! maybe they do, or can, but that seems like a waste to me.

also, dumb argument, if since the athletic dept budgets are segmented by sexes, how does this affect title 9? should men be allowed to take up spots on women's athletic teams?

Since: Mar 15, 2009
Posted on: March 6, 2012 2:24 pm

LSU female goalkeeper Mo Isom to try out for PK

It's not a chick until the blood test says it is..

Since: Jul 24, 2010
Posted on: March 6, 2012 2:19 pm

LSU female goalkeeper Mo Isom to try out for PK

All you guys making these sexist comments: I bet this chick can kick your arse.

Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: March 6, 2012 2:05 pm
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