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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: Nov 17, 2006
Posted on: March 8, 2012 7:37 pm

LSU female goalkeeper Mo Isom to try out for PK

I'll never understand why women try to compete physically with men and then act like it's sexism when they get excluded. The bottom line is women will never be able to compete with men in any sport that involves speed, strength, endurance, or overall raw athleticism. It's not a knock on them- it's just part of the reality of what makes men men and women women. One word: testosterone. I'm sorry- this isn't a sexism thing but a biological thing...Some of you say- why not take her onto a college or pro football team? Because there are plenty of male kickers who can kick farther than her, plenty of male kickers who are stronger than her, and plenty of male kickers who weigh more (and won't get hurt as easily). There is no argument here....all we have are (a) the realists, and the (b) women and emasculated men living under the delusion that women are as strong and fast as men.

Since: Mar 23, 2007
Posted on: March 8, 2012 5:35 pm

LSU female goalkeeper Mo Isom to try out for PK

hilarious.  was going to say someting simlar but you beat me to it- well done 

Since: Jul 28, 2009
Posted on: March 8, 2012 3:10 pm

LSU female goalkeeper Mo Isom to try out for PK

i'd put one btw her uprights any day and twice on sundays.

Since: Jul 28, 2009
Posted on: March 8, 2012 3:09 pm

LSU female goalkeeper Mo Isom to try out for PK

settle down jimjam.   i was one of those who say she is 'hot" however i am not right wing nor sexist    why would assume a 'hot' comment means the commentor thinks women have no place in football?   if she can kick well, sign her up.    She can be a good football players AND hot.  they are not mutually exclusive mr over serious high and mighty guy. 

Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: March 8, 2012 12:06 pm

LSU female goalkeeper Mo Isom to try out for PK

CBS Sports message boards are always the place to go for racism, sexism, and ignorant right wing hate.  She's cute.  So what? Get over it.  If she out kicks the guys, let her play.  If she doesn't, then don't.  If male players behave like sexists, cut them.  If a coach does, fire him.  The people making the sexist comments now are the same as those making racist jokes about Jackie Robinson playing way back when. 

Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: March 8, 2012 6:15 am

LSU female goalkeeper Mo Isom to try out for PK

Sorry Jon, but Alabama erased everything that LSU accomplished last season. Wiped it away. Cleaned the slate. NOBODY will recall anything LSU did last season outside of the Alabama game, except for the emergence of the Honey Badger. Most will remember Les Miles inexplicable refusal to play Jarrett Lee, and his stubborn determination to go down the toilet with Jordan Jefferson, instead of trying to win with Lee. Didn't look good for the program. No QB with any brains would want to go to LSU after seeing Mile's actions in that game. No kid wants to be the next Jarrett Lee. Gunner Kiel saw it. And he got out while he could. Tigers dropped a ton of street cred in that game.

Since: Oct 20, 2010
Posted on: March 8, 2012 5:17 am

LSU female goalkeeper Mo Isom to try out for PK

My mistake on her fathers name. Carson Newman is the School, DUH... Her dad is John Isom. My apologies..

Since: Oct 20, 2010
Posted on: March 8, 2012 5:13 am

LSU female goalkeeper Mo Isom to try out for PK

Mia Hamm kicked alot of field goals too. Their are alot of women that can kick outside of soccer. Why wait till now to tell us about her when she has been trying out for almost a year. This has to be a publicity stunt to show off a pretty face as if she were Hope Solo. Perfect timing huh? Solo is getting media attention for the upcoming olympic's and LSU is starting spring training. Mo Isom? Why that name when her dad's name is Carson Newman?

Since: Oct 28, 2007
Posted on: March 8, 2012 12:38 am

LSU female goalkeeper Mo Isom to try out for PK

A female kicker could work just fine. I once watched Mia Hamm knock in one field goal after another from 50 yards out at an NFL practice. Then, she did it with her left foot!!!!!!!!  I never understood why no team asked her to kick for them. Maybe it was a roster thing and they didn't want her to have to get hit on kickoffs. Teach the punter to kickoff perhaps.

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2012 6:31 pm

LSU female goalkeeper Mo Isom to try out for PK

They want her on the team only for the showers after the game

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