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Vanderbilt kicker Sarah Fuller kicked off at the start of the second half in the Commodores’ game against Missouri on Saturday, making her the first woman to play a snap in a Power Five college football game, according to CBS Sports.
Fuller is a starting goalkeeper on Vanderbilt’s SEC champion women’s soccer team, and she joined the football team this week after the program lost multiple specialists due to COVID-19 issues. Fuller’s squib kick was recovered by Missouri at its own 35-yard line.
“I just want to tell all the girls out there that you can do anything you set your mind to. You really can. If you have that mentality all the way through, you can do big things,” Fuller said after the game, a 41-0 loss for the Commodores.
Fuller continued, “I think it’s amazing and incredible,” she said Friday when it was determined she would dress and travel with Vanderbilt. “But I’m also trying to separate that because I know this is a job I need to do and I want to help the team out and I want to do the best that I can. Placing that historical aspect aside just helps me focus in on what I need to do. I don’t want to let them down in anyway. It’s an honor they called on me to be able to do this and help them out.”
Fuller joins Katie Hnida and April Goss as the only women to play in an FBS game. Hnida kicked two extra points for New Mexico against Texas State in 2003. She transferred to New Mexico from Colorado, where she did dress out but did not play in a game for the Buffaloes. Goss, who played at Kent State, kicked an extra point against Delaware State in 2015.
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