Mo Isom Soccer
March 7, 2012 by staff
Mo Isom Soccer, Morlan “Mo” Isom is not your typical homecoming queen. She is as serious about becoming a kicker on the LSU football team as a kick in the face.
Isom, a star goalkeeper on the LSU soccer team from 2008-11, became the first female student-athlete to be named LSU’s homecoming queen last fall. Now she wants to be LSU’s first female football player. She went through a walk-on tryout with other prospective kickers Tuesday during the Tigers’ spring drills.
“People’s first presumption about this is that it’s a media stunt or some attempt for attention and glory,” Isom said in an interview with Gannett Tuesday night. “That couldn’t be any farther from the truth. I feel it was a goal God placed in my heart. It’s just something I want to do.”
If she makes the LSU team, Isom will become the first female kicker at a major college since 2003 when Katie Hinda kicked two extra points for New Mexico against Texas State, becoming the first female to score in a major college game.
Amid these potential winds of change, it was very windy at LSU Tuesday, and Isom did not do as well as she would have liked in the field goal department.
“But I had some great kickoffs between the 5-yard line and the goal line,” she said. Isom will get another chance Thursday as the walk-on tryouts will continue.
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