This much we know: LSU soccer’s senior goalkeeper, Mo Isom, was practicing Monday in LSU’s indoor football practice facility, working on her form on kickoffs and field goals.
One report says Isom has been working on this for months in preparation for a run at making the LSU football team in 2012, even making a 51-yard field goal according to WAFB.com.
Conversely, Isom said (briefly) Monday that this was her first day of kicking footballs. That certainly seemed plausible based on the way she started and restarted her approach up to the ball on kickoffs under the watchful eye of LSU deep snapper Joey Crappell. It could also simply mean she has a long, long way to go.
How did Isom look? On one hand, not bad. She launched a number of kickoffs down near the 10-yard-line, about the same range as many of the kicks by LSU varsity kicker Drew Alleman against Oregon.
That said, she wasn’t wearing full pads or dealing with 92,000 pairs of eyes trained on her, just the eyes of a few curious media types.
If she could make the team, Isom would likely have just one year to try to kick on the football team. Attempts to reach LSU soccer coach Brian Lee on Monday were unsuccessful.
How would LSU football fans feel about a woman playing for their team, even a successful Tiger athlete like Isom? It could be an interesting question in the months to come.
Isom certainly has athletic credentials. She is 6-feet tall, is LSU’s top goalie, and her late father John played football at Carson-Newman College.
The initial take here is that Isom, like anyone trying to walk on to a team, at the very least deserves her chance. You can never have enough kickers, evidenced by the sight of punter Brad Wing hobbling out of the LSU indoor facility on crutches Monday night.
Wing already missed the Northwestern State game with an injury, replaced by walk-on D.J. Howard who handled kickoffs and punts in his first-ever football game.
Howard’s only brand of football before last Saturday? He played soccer.