Mo Isom, who attends LSU, is trying to make the schools football team as a field goal kicker.
Mo actually stands for Mary Morlan. After playing goalie for the Tigers in her first 3 years she still has one year of eligibility left to play for the football team if she can make the cut.
Capable of kicking a soccer ball 90 yards, once scoring from that distance, head football coach Les Miles has decided to give her a shot at kicking field goals, where in Spring try-outs that started on Tuesday, she has made a 51-yard kick.
On her Facebook page Isom wrote of her chance; “Absolutely overwhelmed and humbled by all of the amazing support that has been pouring in surrounding tryouts. There is so much power in prayer, so please know that I truly appreciate every single one of you! Today is the first of a 3-day tryout, so I would appreciate continued prayer through this week. I will keep you all posted on results!”
Making Isom’s story even more intriguing are the obstacle’s she has faced over the last several years. Through high school, she struggled with an eating disorder. Then in 2009 her father committed suicide.
After her father’s death, in her first year of college she was driving back home to Georgia for the Thanksgiving holiday, when she got into a serious car accident that left her with a broken neck and ribs along with internal injuries.
However, she was able to rebound and rejoin the team in 2010 where she has become an All-Conference player. She told SI.com, “After everything that’s happened in my life God has never stopped carrying me.”
The last female to kick for a men’s NCAA Division 1-A team was Katie Hnida in 2003, playing in only one game for the University Of New Mexico.