Posted by Tom Fornelli
It seems that Beamerball is open to players of all genders, as on Monday Lauren Luttrell tried out to be the Hokies' placekicker. Luttrell, of course, is female.
She kicked for Spotsylvania High last year and is a converted soccer and volleyball player who just began kicking field goals in the spring of 2010. Luttrell must have been pretty impressive at her try out, too, because although she won't be kicking for the Hokies this season, Frank Beamer did say that he has invited her back to practice with the team next spring.
“Right now it’s kind of tough to come out there and get a lot of attention. Things are happening so fast right now,” Beamer told the Washington Post. “But I was impressed with her and we’ll bring her back out there in the spring.”
Now if Luttrell does end up kicking for Virginia Tech, she will not be the first female to do so for a college football team. Though previous instances have had mixed results. Kathy Ireland was a very successful placekicker for the Texas State Armadillos in the movie Necessary Roughness -- whatever happened to Sinbad anyway? -- but that was fiction and doesn't really count.
There was also Katie Hnida who kicked for New Mexico after leaving Colorado due to some uncomfortable situations.