Sarah Fuller became the first woman to play on the Power 5 football game on Saturday when she gave the starting kick for the second leg of Vanderbilt against Missouri.
Fuller, the leading goalkeeper for the Vanderbilt SEC league football team, sent the low kick to the 35-yard line where Missouri was hit.
A week ago, Fuller wasn’t even on the Vanderbilt football team. He and members of the football team watched on TV as the Commodores were defeated from Florida’s 6th place.
A few days later, Coach Coach Derek Mason called to see if he was interested in trying it out. Vanderbilt dropped a number of professionals due to COVID-19 testing and a kick was needed. Fuller went out to practice and did well enough for the team to be the only spring on the travel list.
Fuller took off against Missouri on the back of his helmet with a special sticker that read, “Play like a girl.”
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With that, Fuller was only the third woman to attend an FBS football game, following in the footsteps of Katie Hnida of New Mexico and April Goss of Kent State.
“I think it’s amazing and incredible,” Fuller said on the Vanderbilt team’s website earlier this week. “But I’m also trying to separate this because I know it’s a task I have to do and I want to help the team and I want to do my best. Setting aside the historical aspect just helps get my attention. I don’t want to let anything down.
“It’s an honor to be called to do this and help them.”
In 2001, Ashley Martin became the first woman to score at the Class I level when, on August 30, 2001, she kicked three extra points for FCS Jacksonville State against Cumberland.
Two years later, Hnida was the first woman to score two successful extra points at the FBS level against the state of Texas.
Fuller, who attended high school in Wylie, Texas, began playing football at the age of five. He was a three-time SEC Academic Honor Roll member at Vanderbilt. Earlier this month, it was announced that he would be taking part in North Texas as a graduating transfer for next season while playing football for Mean Green.
In his senior season, he has played in nine games, posting 28 defenses and a 7-2 record.