Sarah Fuller - Boom! (Well not quite)



History was made in Columbia, Mo. this afternoon when Vanderbilt kicker Sarah Fuller became the first woman to appear in a Power Five college football game. Vanderbilt turned to Fuller, who stars on the women's soccer team with the teams other kickers in Covid protocol. With little chance of attempting a field goal or extra point with the 0-8 Commodores down 21-0 at halftime, Fuller kicked off to open the second half - the squib kick traveled 30 yards. In 15 years a television movie will stream over where Fuller either knocks the ball through the end zone or annihilates the opposing kick returner. Other women kickers who have appeared for FBS level schools include Kent State's April Gross in 2015 and New Mexico's Katie Hnida in 2003 - Gross made the scoresheet by kicking an extra point and Hnida kicked two PATs. Hnida originally attended the University of Colorado, where she was reportedly sexually assaulted by a teammate and a target of dismissive comments by head coach Gary Barnett. Hnida would later kick for a professional indoor football team. In 2018 Hnida landed in an intensive care unit following multiple organ failure, an event that typically carries just a three percent survival rate.

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