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Female kicker falls short in Hokies tryout

Lauren Luttrell

Fresh on the heels of a women’s soccer player attempting to make the LSU football team earlier this spring, Lauren Luttrell was hoping for a different outcome during a kicking tryout at Virginia Tech this weekend.

Unfortunately for Luttrell, that wasn’t the case.

According to the Washington Post, Luttrell was part of a 10-person tryout with Hokies Saturday morning.  While the former high school kicker made seven of her eight field goal attempts, and actually advanced to a second round over three other male hopefuls, she was not one of the three walk-on finalists who advanced to a “live-fire” tryout Monday.

Luttrell told the Post that head coach Frank Beamer praised her accuracy and fundamentals, but added that her leg strength lagged behind kickers of the male persuasion who advanced ahead of her.  That positive reinforcement from one of the best special teams coaches in the game has actually encouraged Luttrell to continue her quest despite the discouragement of falling short this weekend.

Luttrell said as she was leaving Virginia Tech’s facility Saturday, Beamer approached her and said, ‘Look girl, I’m proud of you. You have the fundamentals, you have the technique; you just need the power and it’s something guys are going to have on you all the time. But don’t be hard on yourself.’

“You can get stronger,” Luttrell added. “So I want to see, if I can kick as hard and as far as they want their kickers to kick, would I have a chance with my accuracy?”

As for her football future, the Post writes that Luttrell “plans to meet with [Tech director of football operations John] Ballein and Beamer on Monday in hopes of figuring out a way to continue training in a more structured environment, and perhaps try out again next season.”

This was actually Luttrell’s second tryout with the Hokies.  The first, which took place back in August, went well enough that it earned her an invitation back for this spring’s tryout.

Prior to this second go-around, Luttrell said she received pointers via Facebook from Mo Isom, the LSU soccer player who tried out as a kicker earlier this month.  After a stint that reportedly included a couple of field-goal makes from 50 yards out, Isom didn’t make the cut for Les Miles‘ squad.

(Photo credit: Spotsylvania (VA) High School)

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9 Responses to “Female kicker falls short in Hokies tryout”
  1. canetic says: Apr 1, 2012 9:37 AM

    Mo Isom hit a couple of FG’s from 50 yds out and they didn’t put her on the team? There’s got to be a D1 program that can use a kicker with a leg like that. I’d love to see it.

  2. illbilliv says: Apr 1, 2012 9:56 AM

    not me!!!

  3. polegojim says: Apr 1, 2012 10:12 AM

    Better for her.

  4. 10kmp says: Apr 1, 2012 10:33 AM

    What is the point of this? Why are these women wasting everyone’s time, and why are guys like Beamer and Miles allowing it to happen? Football coaches are the most detail oriented people alive. They plan for even the slightest chance that something, anything, can or will go wrong that could cost them a game. If one of these girls is ever forced to play defense on a kick return, blocked field goal or blocked extra point attempt, they will not be able to bring the ball carrier down. Period. In addition, they cannot kick as far, hard or accurately as the men. I have no problem saying that women can do many things every bit as good, if not better, than men. Often times it comes down to the individual, rather than ones gender, in determining who is best at any given task. However, there are certain things in this world where men are by far and away better able to do the job, and one of those “things” is football.

  5. rickb56 says: Apr 1, 2012 11:20 AM

    Hey, the kid gave it a shot..I laud her for that.

    But, the truth is the truth. Sometimes, a game comes down to a long field goal, that could put you in a BCS bowl game. Money and payouts are involved here.

    You need a kid that can hit the 45-50 yarders.

    Not only strenght, but accuracy.

    She gave it a shot, and for that, I’m proud of her.

  6. rob0527 says: Apr 1, 2012 4:20 PM

    How many college kickers can kick consistently from 45-50 yards anyway? Some teams use there punter or designated long kicker for those kicks. Isn’t it important to make the ones u r supposed to make. Teams try more field goals within 40 yards than they do long range. As for her tackling, kickers that are makes don’t tackle either.

  7. deadeye says: Apr 2, 2012 8:29 AM

    These female-kicker stories smell like some feminist agenda lurking on the horizon, like the Citadel situation from way back.

    Some program is eventually going to be forced to have a female football player. And the only possible choices are field goal kicker or punter. Those poor girls will get creamed once it finally happens.

  8. derfshambeaux says: Apr 2, 2012 12:57 PM

    Ha…”fresh on the heels.”

  9. cubano76 says: Apr 3, 2012 9:32 PM

    As soon as someone sees a current kicker make a tackle, let me know.

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