'Changing the game': Female star creates history in college football

Riley Morgan
·Sports Reporter
·3-min read
Sarah Fuller (pictured left) warming up and (pictured right) talking to coaching staff before her debut.
Sarah Fuller (pictured left) warming up before making history and becoming the first woman in the Power 5 to make her debut (pictured right). (Getty Images/SEC network)

Sarah Fuller has become the first woman to star at the top-level of the US college football Power 5 after making her debut on the weekend.

Fuller was the goalkeeper in the Commodores’ SEC winning football team last weekend, but suited up for the Commodores men’s football team as place kicker on Saturday against the Missouri Tigers.

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She made the switch on the weekend and became the first woman to play Power 5 when making the kick-off in the second half.

With several members of the football team in quarantine due to COVID-19 health and safety protocols, Fuller made the team.

Social media erupted with women’s sport equal rights pioneer Billie Jean King and NFL stars wishing her the best.

Fuller makes college football history

Earlier, Vanderbilt Football posted a Tweet “History in the making” accompanied by a picture of Fuller in uniform.

Fuller posted a similar message on Twitter “Let’s make history. #PlayLikeAGirl #AnchorDown”.

Women have occasionally appeared in US college football games going back more than two decades but if Fuller gets on the field she will be the first to take a snap in an SEC game or the Power 5, a group of college football’s largest conferences.

In 1997 Liz Heaston became the first woman to play and score in a college football game when she kicked two extra points in Willamette University’s 27-0 win over Linfield College.

Vanderbilt head coach Derek Mason confirmed on Wednesday that Fuller was an option for the winless Commodores.

“Right now, we’re just looking at all options,’ Mason told Nashville radio station 102.5 The Game. “For us, talking to Sarah, she’s a champ, and no pun intended.

“Just coming off an SEC Championship in soccer… She’s a complete competitor. She’s an option for us. Right now, that’s where we sit.”

with Reuters

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