Sarah Fuller is ready to make history for Vanderbilt.
The senior goalkeeper on the women’s soccer team is putting on the pads this weekend and will dress and travel with the Vanderbilt football team for their game against Missouri as the potential place-kicker.
If she plays a snap, she will become the first woman to play in a Power 5 football game. Fuller shared the news on her Twitter page.
Vanderbilt turned to Fuller because many of the team’s specialists were in quarantine due to COVID-19.
Head coach Derek Mason confirmed in a radio interview earlier this week that Fuller was “an option” for the Commodores as a kicker after the student newspaper, The Vanderbilt Hustler, reported Fuller was kicking at the football team’s practice on Tuesday.
“She’s got a strong leg. We’ll see what that yields,” Mason said on Wednesday’s SEC coaches call. “… Sarah’s an option. She seems to be a pretty good option, so we’ll figure out what that looks like on Saturday.”
Fuller, a native from Wylie, Texas, appeared in nine games and made 28 saves for the women’s soccer team, including three saves in last weekend’s upset win over top-seeded Arkansas to win the SEC tournament title.
Vanderbilt’s kicking game has struggled this season. Graduate transfer Oren Milstein opted out while junior Person Cooke is 3-for-7 on field goals. Wes Farley is 6-for-6 on extra points but has not attempted a field goal yet and junior Javan Rice, a highly ranked kicker from the 2018 recruiting class, has not played a game this season.