Vanderbilt’s Fuller wants to inspire female athletes after making college football history

(Reuters) – Sarah Fuller hopes to inspire young female athletes to follow their dreams after becoming the first woman to play in a Power 5 conference football match when she delivered the opening kick of the second half for Vanderbilt against Missouri Tigers on Saturday.

FILE PHOTO: Nov 28, 2020; Columbia, MO, USA; Vanderbilt Commodores kicker Sarah Fuller (32) before the game against the Missouri Tigers at Faurot Field at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Hunter Dyke/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports/File Photo

Fuller, a goalkeeper for Vanderbilt University women’s soccer team, took the field for the Commodores men’s football team as place kicker in the third quarter and sent a low kick to the 35-yard line, carving her name in American sports history.

“I haven’t taken a second to soak it all in, really. I think it’s incredible that I am able to do this,” Fuller said. “All I want

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Sarah Fuller made college football history Saturday. She also delivered a fine halftime speech.

On Saturday around midday, people sprinkled around the country tuned in to watch Vanderbilt University play football. That did seem improbable. Then they watched the game with a hankering for something specific: When might Vanderbilt reach fourth down and try a field goal? That did seem unusual.

Vanderbilt’s Sarah Fuller makes history as first woman to play in Power Five football game



A winless team amid a wretched season with a disfigured roster had found a sports-historic moment on a sunny day in mid-Missouri. As Vanderbilt’s harsh helping of coronavirus quarantines and contact-tracing woes had left the team barren of kickers, Coach Derek Mason and staff turned to a goalkeeper from the soccer team, which had won the SEC tournament championship Sunday.

That would be the women’s soccer team.

“I think it’s just incredible that I am able to do this,” Sarah Fuller said hours

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Vanderbilt kicker Sarah Fuller makes history as first woman to play in a Power Five college football game

Vanderbilt kicker Sarah Fuller made history on Saturday when she kicked off at the start of the second half against Missouri, making her the first woman to play a snap in a Power Five college football game. Fuller, a starting goalkeeper on the Commodores’ SEC championship women’s soccer team, joined the football program this week after Vanderbilt lost multiple specialists due to COVID-19 issues.

Fuller’s squib kick was recovered by Missouri at its own 35-yard line.

“I just want to tell all the girls out there that you can do anything you set your mind to. You really can. If you have that mentality all the way through, you can do big things,” Fuller said after the game, a 41-0 loss for the Commodores. 

“I think it’s amazing and incredible,” Fuller said Friday when it was determined she would dress and travel with Vanderbilt. “But I’m also trying to separate

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Sarah Fuller making college football history

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Sarah Fuller made history on Saturday when she became the first woman to play in a Power 5 college football game when she made the second half kickoff between Vanderbilt and Missouri. Here is a look at the photos inside her path towards making history.

Vanderbilt women’s soccer goalkeeper Sarah Fuller a game against South Carolina on Oct. 11, 2020. The Vanderbilt football team was down a number of specialists due to COVID-19 testing and asked the All-Conference player to work out for them this week. Eric Glemser/Vanderbilt Athletics via AP
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Vanderbilt University senior Sarah Fuller makes college football history as kicker

Vanderbilt University senior Sarah Fuller made history as the first woman to play in a Power 5 football game when the Commodores faced the Tigers of Missouri University on Saturday afternoon.

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Fuller, a soccer player by training, joined the game after halftime as Vanderbilt’s placekicker following absences from players who were exposed to Covid-19.

The 21-year-old player from Texas had recently finished soccer season as her team’s starting goalkeeper, helping the Commodores win their first SEC title in women’s soccer since 1994.

She acknowledged the magnitude of the moment earlier this week, saying she will play with the slogan “Play like a girl” on the back of her helmet. Fuller said the decision was a nod to the nonprofit organization I Play Like a Girl, which aims to expose girls to opportunities in sports and in STEM-related educational and professional fields.

The Commodores are 0-7

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Watch Sarah Fuller kick off for Vanderbilt and make college football history

At the start of the third quarter of the Vanderbilt-Missouri game Saturday, Sarah Fuller made college football history. By taking the field for the opening second-half kickoff for the Commodores, Fuller became the first woman to play in an SEC and Power 5 game.

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Winless Vanderbilt has struggled with kicking this season. Some of the team’s specialists were not available to play because of COVID-19 protocols, so it turned to Fuller, a 6-foot-2 Wylie, Texas native and senior goalkeeper on Vanderbilt’s soccer team, which finished its season last Sunday with its first SEC Tournament title since 1994. And not long after that, Fuller was with the football team practicing kicking through the uprights this week.

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And, as The Tennessean‘s Adam Sparks reported Saturday, Fuller was the only kicker to travel with Vanderbilt for the Missouri

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The college basketball season tipped off on Wednesday for most men’s and women’s teams around the Bay Area, but unlike a typical year, coaches and players may not measure their success in wins and losses.

As COVID-19 cases continue to rise around the country and in nearly every Bay Area county, simply staying healthy enough to play is a victory as dozens of programs were forced to cancel games this week.

The Stanford men’s team had its opener against Utah Valley called off on Wednesday after the Wolverines had a positive test within the program while the Cal men’s team shuffled its schedule to open the year in a non-conference matchup with Pac-12 foe Oregon State after its initial opponent, Colorado State, registered multiple positive coronavirus tests.

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