Badass Female Kicker Tries Out For LSU Football Team

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Mo Isom is currently trying out to play kicker for Louisiana State University. If she succeeds, she'll be the first woman to play college football since 2003 — and possibly the first ever to get any respect.

According to the Shreveport Times, Isom is already a star goalie on LSU's soccer team. She was also homecoming queen last year. Yesterday, she tried out along with other hopefuls for football coach Les Miles. He said,

This was really a bad day for anybody to kick because the wind was just so strong. But obviously she's got ball skills. She's been around it.


Okay everybody, ball skills. Get it out of your systems now. Done? Miles also said this:

I would have no reservations playing her. If she gave us an opportunity and an advantage, and I mean add an advantage, then certainly we would consider that. 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 reservation with her than I would any number of other people that frankly didn't know what they were getting into. But the real interesting thing is it has to be an advantage obtained.

At least on the face of it, it sounds like Miles is giving Isom the same respect as he'd give a male player. Which hasn't always been the case for female college kickers. In 2003, Katie Hnida of the University of New Mexico became the first woman to score in a college game. The following year, as Dr. Saturday points out, her own former coach talked shit about her. She'd alleged she was raped years prior by a teammate at the University of Colorado — coach Gary Barnett said,

It was obvious Katie was not very good. She was awful. You know what guys do? They respect your ability. You can be 90 years old, but if you can go out and play, they'll respect you. Katie was not only a girl, she was terrible. OK? There's no other way to say it.


Not only a girl, but also terrible? Wow, two strikes! Let's hope that if Isom does play, her coach actually supports her.

Les Miles has ‘no reservations' playing a female kicker Mo Isom [Dr. Saturday]
Mo Isom tries out for LSU football team [Shreveport Times]

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Violet Baudelaire

I don't think the question is whether Les Miles has the guts to play a female kicker, but whether or not LSU fans as a whole are ready to accept one. Regardless of her talent, LSU football is a billions of dollars industry, and they are not going to risk alienating their rabid fan base by playing a woman if they don't feel like it would be responded to well.

That said, if she were drop dead amazing, I'd bet they'd rally behind her. But I would say any time she's anything less than a phenom, they'd blame every single mistake in the game on her (not just kicking) and eventually she'd be ostracized out.