Vanderbilt's Kicker on Saturday Will Be Sarah Fuller, a Member of the Women's Soccer Team

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Vanderbilt’s Kicker on Saturday Will Be Sarah Fuller, a Member of the Women’s Soccer Team

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With a number of its regular specialists in a COVID-required quarantine, the Vanderbilt football team will turn to an unlikely source as its placekicker this weekend: the Vanderbilt women’s soccer team.

This is very cool for Sarah Fuller, even if the pandemic circumstances that generated it really stink:

Vandy’s coach Derek Mason said this week that Fuller has looked good and strong in practice. Truly, it’s a situation where the best leg is what you need, and if that leg happens to be a woman’s, then whatever. Let her kick.

At the same time, as with the recent hiring of Kim Ng as the GM of the Miami Marlins, I think it’s right to celebrate a first. That is to say, we don’t have to treat Fuller – or Ng – like a novelty, as they have earned their opportunities. But we can say that it’s really cool that a woman will be the first to do X, Y, or Z. (Shout out to Katie Hnida, who in 2003 became the first woman to score points in any D-I football game, serving as the placekicker for New Mexico.)

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