Vanderbilt Kicker Sarah Fuller Named SEC's 'Special Teams Player of the Week'
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On Monday, the SEC announced that Vanderbilt kicker Sarah Fuller has been awarded Special Teams Player of the Week. Per SECSports.com...
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• Fuller made history Saturday, becoming the first woman ever to officially take the field during a football game in a major conference football game
• Served as the Commodores’ primary kicker during the team’s contest at Missouri.
• She took the opening kickoff of the second half against the Tigers, as her perfectly-executed kick sailed 30 yards and was downed at the Missouri 35-yard line. She joined the likes of New Mexico’s Katie Hnida and Kent State’s April Goss as the only females to appear in a Football Bowl Subdivision contest.




(The Spun)
Filed Under: Vanderbilt Sports
Originally published on SECRant.com

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2020 continues..
Reply1 month
This reeks of desperation
Reply2 months
POTW is a participation award now. Cool.
Reply2 months
FFS, some of Alabama's championships were more legit than this.
Reply2 months
Just a perfect exclamation point on a terrible year! Wasn't the coach fired after the game! Pitiful!
Reply2 months
JR
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Will Vandy now allow men to play WBB?
Reply2 months
Holy cow, they really did this?
Reply2 months
• Served as the Commodores’ primary kicker during the team’s contest at Missouri. So that was their only kick of the game?
Reply2 months
yep. They got shut out.
2 months
Holy shite more political correct crap now in the SEC is getting ridiculous. Great she pooch kicked good for her I’m happy.
Reply2 months
This is ridiculous. Im sure the punter could have done a better job on the kickoff than she did. Total publicity stunt.
Reply2 months
His leg was too tired.
2 months
Heiswoman?
Reply2 months
wow. I've got 2 daughters, but this thing was a joke. Now, if they'd let her kick it out of the end zone, I'd say good for her. But to reduce expectations by having her kick a (poorly executed) squib kick -- well that just says that we're lowering the expectations for women. And if that's the case, she shouldn't have been on the field. The only way she should've been on the field is if she was qualified. And clearly she wasn't. Sports is supposed to be a meritocracy. This was just a publicity stunt.
Reply2 months
Newsflash: she can't kick it out of the endzone. If she could, they would've let her kick it out of the endzone.
2 months
"perfectly executed" ?
Reply2 months
Welcome to 2020, where even a complete failure counts as a win as long as you aren't a straight white man.
Reply2 months
God imagine with the press and the media would be doing if she was a transgender frick there be a national holiday
2 months
That whole display was a joke and then she went on to say that any woman can accomplish anything she wants to. What exactly did she accomplish? I saw her 1 and only kick and it was NOT impressive. Had she kicked a 30 yd. field goal, that would have been impressive.
Reply2 months
And she didn't earn anything. A spot was open and a publicity stunt was created. She accomplished nothing. And now you've taken an award from someone who was actually deserving. Just like all the attention is on this dyke instead of the men who have worked, sacrificed and practiced all year (and spring, etc) instead of them.
2 months
"She took the opening kickoff of the second half against the Tigers, as her perfectly-executed kick sailed 30 yards and was downed at the Missouri 35-yard line." LOL what? You mean the same field position a team gets when you kick the ball out-of-bounds and get penalized? Yeah, perfectly executed...
Reply2 months
Matt Walsh article
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But what we’ve witnessed after the kick heard round the world — a kick which actually went only 20 yards in the air and rolled another ten before the return team bailed her out by jumping on the ball before it went out of bounds and drew a penalty — has been the weirdest and most unnecessary coverup job in recent memory. The now-fired coach claimed that Fuller executed a masterful and pre-planned “squib kick.” The head coach of the team formerly known as the Redskins called it a perfect “mortar kick.” Elsewhere it has been called an onside kick. The SEC named Fuller one of their special teams players of the week for a “perfectly executed kick” that “sailed 30 yards.” Again, back here in reality, it was not perfectly executed, and it was not a squib, a mortar, or an onside. There is no designed kick in all of football that calls for a kick to boot it 20 yards to the sideline. And if there was such a designed kick, it’s not the play you’d call when you’re down 21 at the start of the third quarter. No, this was just a bad kick. Probably not much worse than what any schlub off the street would do, including myself, but not much better, either.
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One might also add that it’s a good thing the glass ceiling was only 30 yards away. Otherwise she never would have broken it. These would be harsh and mean spirited comments, however, and not the sort of thing I would ever say. Though I must admit, the temptation to ruthlessly mock Fuller becomes even stronger when you read about the half time speech she gave the team. From ABC: With Vanderbilt trailing 21-0 at halftime, Fuller decided she wanted to address the team. “If I’m going to be honest, I was a little pissed off at how quiet everybody was on the sideline,” she said. “We made a first down, and I was the only one cheering and I was like — what the heck? What’s going on? And I tried to get them pumped up.” She said she compared it to Vanderbilt soccer’s SEC tournament-winning run, when the team was “cheering the entire time.” “I just went in there and I said exactly what I was thinking. I was like, ‘We need to be cheering each other on. This is how you win games. This is how you get better is by calling each other out for stuff, and I’m going to call you guys out. We need to be supporting one another. We need to be lifting each other up. That’s what a team’s about,'” Fuller said. “I think this team has struggled, and that’s been part of it. “We really just need to build that team camaraderie where they can all lean on one another. It was an adjustment going from that team mentality where — hey, we’re all here supporting one another — and I just wanted to bring that to this team.” I have never heard of a kicker on any team, anywhere, giving a halftime lecture to the team. But such a lecture from a girl who was invited there as a publicity stunt would be, I imagine, intolerable. It reminds me of the time when I put my five-year-old daughter on my lap and let her “park the car” by driving it 10 feet up the drive way, and the next time she was in the car with me she started shouting driving tips from her booster seat in the back. “Daddy, make sure to stop at red lights,” etc. At least that was cute. It would not be as cute to have the girl from the women’s soccer team strutting down the sideline barking orders. Although, given the team’s record and performance, I can’t say they didn’t deserve the humiliation.
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All of this patronizing nonsense surrounding a bad kick from a woman whose ego perhaps exceeds her abilities on the football field is merely annoying for me as a man. For women, though, it is much worse than annoying. It is patronizing, degrading, and insulting. Are women really so unimpressive and bereft of achievement that we have to treat them like we would a small child who draws a bunch of scribbles on a sheet of construction paper and claims that it’s a picture of a tree? We congratulate the small child for his bad drawing because we do not expect children to do any better than that, and because they are emotionally fragile and in need of constant positive affirmation. Is this the case for grown women? Must we stand and applaud and shout “great kick” when, in truth, it was a very bad kick? Are women so pathetic that we have to call even their failures achievements? Not just achievements — but historic achievements? Is that how sad and mediocre women are, that we must stoop to this?
Reply2 months
patronizing nonsense. Well said.
2 months
I don't know why anyone would give a shite about this story, but there's an incredible amount of stupid in that Matt Walsh article. That stupidity is apparent in how Matt Walsh clearly cared so much that he felt the need to write a couple thousand words about a nothing story. What a sad clown.
2 months
Jay Are attacks the messenger when he can’t argue the message. He’ll say anything to maintain his status as a prog contrarian.
2 months
Sorry but this is stupid. Heaven help us all
Reply2 months
I bet she lots out now to prep for the draft.
Reply2 months
opts out
2 months
Well, it's either that, or go play for the US team with a few good women and some a-holes.
2 months
Thank You MU defense. Had she made an Xtra point or chip shot FG, they would be naming the Playoff trophy after her. SEC would have scholarships in her honor.
Reply2 months
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