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Update: Female kicker giving LSU football a shot

Mo Isom

Last year it was freshman Lauren Luttrell performing well enough during a summer camp tryout to earn an invitation back to Virginia Tech’s spring practice this year.

Now, it appears another kicker of the female persuasion will attempt — again — to earn a spot on the 2011 BcS runners-up.

According to WDSU-TV, LSU women’s soccer player Mo Isom will get a tryout Tuesday with the Tigers football team, which began spring practice earlier this month.  This would actually constitute Isom’s second “stint” with the Tigers, having practiced kickoffs and field goals with the team last September.

Isom, who while a senior would still maintain a season of football eligibility, addressed her looming opportunity in a post made to her Facebook wall late last month.

“It will finally be time to show what over a year of diligent preparation has produced,” Isom wrote by way of the Sporting News. “I would appreciate prayers for continued health, a clear and undistracted mind, and absolute faith that no matter the result, God has my best interests at heart. I will control what I can control and leave the rest to Him! Let’s rewrite history in His name.”

The tryout is not Isom’s lone hurdle, though.  As a redshirt junior last season, Drew Alleman connected on 16-of-18 field goal attempts and 62-of-63 extra point tries, earning second-team All-SEC honors.  Barring injury or the utter loss of ability, Alleman will be LSU’s kicker in 2012.

As for Luttrell, a Hokies spokesperson told CFT via email this afternoon that “[s]he is coming out for tryouts before spring practice starts to try and make it” through to the practices that will commence March 28.

Should they actually make the team and attempt a kick during a game, neither Isom nor Luttrell would become the first female to accomplish such a feat in major college football.  That honor belongs to Katie Hnida, who dressed for games after making the roster at Colorado in the late-90s and then, after transferring to New Mexico, was successful on two extra point attempts during a 2003 game.

Hnida remains the only female to score during a Div. 1-A (FBS) football game.

(Photo credit: LSU athletics)

UPDATED 8:39 p.m. ET: LSU offered up the following update on the first day of Isom’s tryout.

Miles also noted that Tuesday was the start of an on-going tryout for placekicker with former LSU women’s soccer standout Mo Isom among the participants. The tryouts will continue on Thursday. 

“If she gave us an opportunity and an advantage, we will certainly consider that,” Miles said of Isom’s chances of making the squad. “There has to be an advantage to the team. The good thing about this is that she’s an athlete. She’s been through team before and she understands commitment. I would have much less reservations with her than I would with any number of other people who frankly didn’t know what they were getting in to.”

Miles said that there was no timetable placed on making a decision if Isom, or any other player taking part in the tryouts, made the team. LSU returns the most accurate placekicker in school history in senior Drew Alleman, who converted 16-of-18 field goals in his first year as a starter with the Tigers in 2011.

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36 Responses to “Update: Female kicker giving LSU football a shot”
  1. xtremesportsmaniac says: Mar 6, 2012 1:58 PM

    She might actually have a better shot at making the team as a QB!

    In all seriousness best of luck to her hope she makes it.

  2. BrownsTown (the 1st one, not the new guy using my name) says: Mar 6, 2012 2:27 PM

    “It is anchor*man*, not anchor*lady*. And that is a scientific fact.”

  3. 10kmp says: Mar 6, 2012 3:15 PM

    … he had a voice that could make a wolverine purr, and suits so fine they made Sinatra look like a hobo.

    In addition to that he said “football is a man’s sport, to be played, coached and officiated by men. And that is perfectly okay, and I couldn’t care less if that offends, disturbs, angers, annoys or disgusts anyone”. That is all…

  4. alligatorsnapper says: Mar 6, 2012 3:21 PM

    She has no chance of making the squad unless as a novelty or back up of a back up, which may be the case, and that for kickoffs and field goals only. She has enough sense not to try out for the punting team, because Brad Wing has that one sewed up and flying!

  5. guinsrule says: Mar 6, 2012 3:54 PM

    Are guys allowed to play on the women’s softball team?

  6. rolltide510 says: Mar 6, 2012 3:58 PM

    If she doesn’t make the team, it proves LSU hates women.


  7. thraiderskin says: Mar 6, 2012 4:08 PM


    too funny…

  8. mrslay1 says: Mar 6, 2012 5:38 PM

    This is ridiculous!! Now speical dressing rooms and showers and of coarse new rules. If the woman goes down in a pile no grabing her fun parts. COME ON MAN!

  9. drexelvol says: Mar 6, 2012 5:41 PM

    She’s pretty hot anyway…

  10. drexelvol says: Mar 6, 2012 5:56 PM

    @guinsrule – “Are guys allowed to play on the women’s softball team?”

    Yes, if women are allowed to play on the men’s baseball team.

  11. deadeye says: Mar 6, 2012 6:27 PM

    Good luck honey.

    I wonder what the locker room arrangements would be on the outside chance she makes the team.

  12. jonanthans says: Mar 6, 2012 9:08 PM

    Dont be scared of the girls..Think of how funny its going to be if she actually gets into the game and makes a tackle on the return guy! Especially if its against Bama! Lil Nicky would blow his top!!!

  13. freemantowilliams says: Mar 6, 2012 9:08 PM

    Damn! She is pretty hot. I just hopes she never botches a kick and try’s to run with it. Some 300 pound dt might kill her.

  14. marcinhouston says: Mar 6, 2012 11:15 PM

    LSU had a one armed backup kicker a couple years ago.

  15. tigersgeaux says: Mar 7, 2012 3:58 AM

    JT: Thanks for publishing the update. I was beginning to do that when I saw you had done it already. Good work. Glad its not a big story day for college football that this would make it to CFT! ha.

    Drew Allemand does not have much chance to lose his position. However, she might make a nice misdirection attraction to get a few teams off their game, like a fake field goal attempt and a bounce pass for a first down…oh that already was played several times, first against the old ball coach when he was at Florida for a touchdown.

  16. florida727 says: Mar 7, 2012 8:37 AM

    It’s a nice publicity stunt but really she has no chance of making the team and she has to know that. Primary/practical reason: Allemand. Secondary reason: leg strength (think kickoff touchbacks, or lack of same, or field goal range).

    I get the whole woman’s lib / equality thing, but seriously, when are females going to “get it” regarding trying to compete against males? If a guy competes against a girl and wins, he was expected to and he’s “taking advantage” of his superior athleticism or strength or something else. It’s a no-win scenario for the guy. Stick to being the best against your peers. Reminds me of that idiotic Michelle Wie joke of trying to compete against men in professional golf. Nothing but a stupid publicity stunt. How about if Anthony Davis plays for Kentucky’s WOMENS basketball team? Ladies around the SEC, you okay with that?

  17. polegojim says: Mar 7, 2012 1:17 PM

    See Colorado Buffalo’s. That ended poorly.

    It may not be right, but it’s not all about talent, it’s about practical nature of the setting, the other players, and potential for big, big issues.

  18. Deb says: Mar 7, 2012 1:19 PM

    If women want to play college football, then field a women’s football team. Football is not a co-ed sport. These exercises prove nothing. Qualified female athletes are no more capable of competing against qualified male athletes in physical contests than 13-year-olds are capable of competing against 18-year-olds. That’s a simple physical reality. That door shouldn’t be open to Luttrell anymore than the door would be open to a male athlete to try out for the women’s softball team.

    Miles called it–she’d have to bring an advantage to the team, and she won’t. She’s not going to have the leg strength to kick longer or more accurately than the best man available. And she certainly won’t bring an advantage if something goes wrong and she’s forced to make a physical play. I wish her well in her athletic endeavors, but not on a male football team.

  19. realphinsfan says: Mar 7, 2012 1:24 PM

    “Reminds me of that idiotic Michelle Wie joke of trying to compete against men in professional golf.”

    LOL Right, because golf requires strength and speed. You gotta worry about John Daly over there tackling you (I’d tackle her, Wie is HOT) haha

    Fact of the matter is, nobody calls it Men’s Football. Partly because there’s not a Woman’s Football and partly because women are allowed to showcase what they can do in an effort to make the team.

    The fact that she plays soccer speaks about leg strength. All they ever do is run and kick, so there’s no reason to expect that leg strength would be an issue.

  20. Deb says: Mar 7, 2012 1:26 PM

    @polegojim …

    I keet thinking about Katie Hnida, too. Nothing excuses what happened to her. But this whole thing is just idiotic. This young woman asks us to pray that she can make the team to rewrite history in God’s name. God made me female, and I’m happy with the unique strengths I have as a woman. But I can’t out-physical a man. That’s not one of the gifts God gave me. It doesn’t mean I can’t be strong, smart, powerful, and equal in my own right. But I enjoy being a girl. This stuff just baffles me.

  21. Deb says: Mar 7, 2012 1:28 PM

    @realfinsfan …

    Nobody calls it men’s football because some things go without saying. You don’t see women regularly showcasing what they can do in an effort to make the team. It is a male sport.

  22. drexelvol says: Mar 7, 2012 3:08 PM

    @Deb …

    Football isn’t a *male* sport, it’s a male *dominated* sport. There are women’s football leagues and there are intramural women’s college football teams.

    Bottom line is, there aren’t any rules against it, so she has every right as an LSU student to try out for the team.

    There are plenty of men that don’t weigh much more than her, don’t have any more leg strength, have little to no chance to make even the practice squad, but are allowed to try out as a kicker without controversy or ridicule.

    Line five of them up side-by-side, with full gear and a helmet, and you wouldn’t even be able to tell the difference from 20 feet away. Just because she doesn’t have a wiener doesn’t mean she doesn’t get a shot just like the rest. Face it, very, very few walk-ons make major college football teams. It’s not because they are women, it’s because they aren’t good enough. I can tell you right now that she’s not good enough to make the team, but just like the 100 males that try to walk-on to the LSU team this spring and don’t make it, it doesn’t make her a lesser person who should just accept her gender and “her place in life.”

  23. Deb says: Mar 7, 2012 9:18 PM

    @drexelvol …

    Don’t lecture me and be an ass deliberately misinterpreting me. I’ve played football against other girls and been an active feminist all my life. I never said anything about women being unable to play the game, unable to understand the game, or unable to compete physically against women. The last time I watched the Olympics, they did not have men and women competing against one another in swimming, track, skiing, weight-lifting. We are talking here about MEN’S NCAA FOOTBALL, not women’s leagues. We are talking about women competing against men for a spot on an NCAA football team.

    No, jackass, this is not a male-dominated sport. This is a male-only sport. Male-dominated implies the majority of players are male. All the active players currently in this sport are male, you fool.

    Yes, clearly I said women should just accept their place in life. That sounds just like the kind of thing I would post, doesn’t it?

    Do you work on being a moron, or does it come naturally? :roll:

  24. Deb says: Mar 7, 2012 10:31 PM

    And I would love to be there when some itty-bitty man with no leg strength tries out to be a kicker on an NCAA Division I team … but doesn’t get ridiculed.

    Good grief, the idiotic things people will post just to get a dig in at someone else :roll:

  25. drexelvol says: Mar 8, 2012 9:49 AM

    @Deb – Are you seriously so dumb that you’re not even reading your own posts? There IS NO SUCH THING AS MEN’S NCAA FOOTBALL! Where are you even getting this from? Women are allowed to participate you idiot!

    I’ll try to type this slowly so you can get it through your thick skull. Women are not prohibited from playing in NCAA football, they have played in games, they are allowed to tryout.

    Is there something that you still don’t understand about how it’s not male-only now? Even if 100% of the active players are male, does NOT mean it’s a male-only sport. If there’s a rule that says women can’t participate, THEN it’s a male-only sport.

    You may be a woman who likes to live by a “can’t do” attitude, but don’t put other women down for trying when they’re perfectly allowed to do so!

  26. Deb says: Mar 8, 2012 1:40 PM

    @drexelvol …

    No, it’s not in the rules that women can’t try out. But no woman has tried out for any position other than kicker. And we wouldn’t be talking about it if women regularly made teams, even as kickers, or if any female kicker had achieved any level of success.

    People are entitled to pursue their dreams. But REALITY comes into play. I might want to be the next American Idol, but if I’m not gifted with the voice, I won’t get the shot no matter how much I want to pretend that a bad singer becoming the next American Idol somehow glorifies God. I might want to be a serious football player–read: defensive back, not kicker–but if I’m not gifted with the physical attributes to play the position going head-to-head with the best men available, I don’t deserve the shot just because I’m a girl and it’s a novel headline.

    Perhaps you will understand if I quote the simple wisdom of Captain Kirk:

    “There are a million things in this world you can have, and there are a million things you can’t have. It’s no fun facing it, but that’s the way things are.”

    You can blather at me all you want and pretend you’re talking to some anti-woman if that makes you and your pals feel intellectually superior. But it doesn’t change the fact that the best female athletes are not physically equipped to compete in collegiate or NFL football against the best male athletes.

    If Lauren Luttrell wants to do something historically significant for women who truly love the sport, she should work toward fielding women’s football teams in schools just as we have women’s baseball and basketball teams. What’s limiting women is not having the opportunity to play the sport on an even playing field competing against other women as they do with baseball, basketball, tennis, soccer, track, hockey, volleyball, gymnastics, etc. Do you have a problem with that, or do you think women should ignore the women’s basketball team and try out for the men’s team? Should the men ignore the men’s team and try out for the women’s?

    Or is it only in football–the most violent sport requiring the largest, most violent men–that you feel women should compete head-to-head with men?

    You’re inventing a fool’s argument just to vent at someone you don’t like, and my fan club is eating it up. You might be enjoying yourself, but you’re still being an idiot.

  27. Deb says: Mar 8, 2012 1:44 PM

    Oh … and make no mistake … I’m enjoying myself, too. 😀

  28. drexelvol says: Mar 8, 2012 2:46 PM

    I don’t have any problem with making non-intramural women’s football teams if there is enough interest. Until then, if they’re good enough to make an NCAA team, then they can play there.

    You do realize that there are women, see Holly Mangold @ 5’8″ 374lbs, are playing “real” positions in high school football. You may not want to have to compete with men, but some do. She may not make a Div I program, but she certainly may have made a Div II or even a Div II squad.

    So, keep living in your negative world and for God’s sake grow up and stop quoting Star Trek.

  29. Deb says: Mar 8, 2012 3:03 PM

    drexelvol …

    I’m a great big grownup successful woman. Somehow I doubt you come into contact with many thinking women with minds of their own … you seem so intimidated by them. I quote whatever suits me and seems applicable to the situation. I’m not in the habit of letting little pissants like you tell me what to think or say. But of course, you’d never do that because you’re sooo respectful of women, aren’t you? :roll:

    Yes, I realize girls–not women–play at the high school level and at positions other than kicker. I’ve known girls who play with the boys in high school. Come back to me when one of them is playing linebacker on a Division IA team–which is what we’re discussing here. Then we’ll chat.

    In my field, men and women share the same skillsets. So I’ve competed all my life with both genders and done quite well. But nature has endowed men and women differently in physical terms. It doesn’t mean we can’t accomplish the same tasks, but it does mean it’s unlikely that women and men can compete physically in the same categories. You know that as well as I do. You’re just playing devil’s advocate because you don’t like me and want to make this a personal attack. It’s not negative to note that men and women don’t compete in the same categories at the Olympics. No one considers that discriminatory. Women aren’t trying to break into the men’s weight-lifting competition. And you’re not declaring them negative thinkers because they compete against other women.

    You should grow up and stop arguing something silly just because you want to get in your digs at me. But I won’t hold my breath.

  30. marinephinfan says: Mar 8, 2012 5:35 PM

    Hey Deb. Why the anger? Have you not had your “uprights” split in awile?


  31. drexelvol says: Mar 8, 2012 5:57 PM

    @Deb – You’ll just never get it, and you are obviously very angry. You also keep changing “what we’re talking about.” First it’s football, then it’s NCAA football, now it’s not just Div1 football, it’s Div1A football, AND now it’s specific positions.

    I’m certainly not intimidated by women with minds of their own, but please let me know when one starts to post on here. Oh, and call Holly Mangold a girl and I’ll count how long it takes before you’re snapped in two.

    You’re insecure, I get it. You think everyone hates you and think every response to your comments is just to get digs in on you. Well, get over yourself. I never disliked you, but you choose to attack anyone who responds to your posts because you think they’re just trying to be mean to you. When you do that, you never make friends and you’ll never be able to have a civil conversation.

    You’re whole argument is based on personal opinion, which is fine, but that’s not how the NCAA feels, and neither does Les Miles apparently. I personally think Les is a douchecopter, but call Les and you give him the what for about women and NCAA football. You’ll get the same response from him as you got from me.

  32. Deb says: Mar 8, 2012 8:56 PM

    @marinephinfan and drexelvol …

    Congrats on your amazing ability to discern what women think and feel. I’ve found this entire conversation extremely amusing and am not even a little bit angry. Based on the instincts you’ve demonstrated here, you guys must be wonderful lovers.

    drexelvol, Holly Mangold can be offended or not, but if she’s in high school, she’s a girl, not a woman. You love to rail against reality but it is what it is. The subject has never changed, love. This is College Football Talk. The subject has always been college football, which on this site is pretty much NCAA Division IA. You’re the one who’s jumped to high school and female leagues and anyplace else you think will validate the notion that women can compete with men at the college game. Again, you’re just trying to win a pissing contest I never entered. That’s not paranoia; it’s just you being a twit. I’m just stating the obvious … as did Les when he said she’d make the team if she can be an asset. I think his current kicker is safe.

    Oh … and I’m really impressed with how an enlightened, forward-thinking man like you figures a woman who disagrees with him just needs to have her uprights split.

  33. marinephinfan says: Mar 8, 2012 9:25 PM

    I never wrote that I did or didn’t agree with you, babe. I was making a joke to see if you’d laugh or take offense. Why? To point out your BS. You’re insecure and angry and that’s why something so meaningless got under your skin.

    As for the lover comment….wanna find out? Nah, you’re most likely not my type. 😉

  34. Deb says: Mar 8, 2012 9:27 PM

    drexelvol …

    Since your misogyny in defense of women has now deteriorated into “you need to get laid,” I’ll just exit here before you start recommending burnings in the town square for women who disagree with you … in your support for womanhood :roll: You’ve more than made my point. Thanks.

  35. marinephinfan says: Mar 8, 2012 9:30 PM

    Deb, are you confused or do you think I’m drex?

  36. Deb says: Mar 8, 2012 11:10 PM

    marinephinfan, no one’s confused. No one’s angry. It may come as a shock, but you’re not the first guy to interrupt a discussion on the football blogs to tell a woman she needs to get laid. Hehehe. I might have thought that delicious wit was side-splitting the first time, but it’s hard to remember that far back. drexelvol just picked up on your thought process, so I lumped you together. Sorry I was going too fast for you.

    Yeah, I’m insecure because I don’t believe women are physically equipped to play collegiate football against men. Guess the International Olympic Committee is insecure, too, because they don’t allow men and women to compete against one another in the same sports. Or maybe we just understand biology and don’t suffer fools gladly. Or maybe we just all need to have our uprights split. But nah … I don’t think you’re my type. If brains were optional, I’d just buy a vibrator.

    Bye. 😀

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