HERSTORY: Fuller becomes first female to participate in Power 5 Conference game

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Sarah Fuller made history on Saturday. She became the first female to participate in a Power 5 Conference game.

She kicked off the football off at the beginning of the the second half against the Missouri Tigers in Columbia, Missouri. The Commodores were defeated 41-0 by the Tigers.

Vanderbilt Commodores kicker Sarah Fuller walks off the field after making history against the Missouri Tigers
Sarah Fuller walks off the field after making history against the Missouri Tigers (Photo by the Vanderbilt Commodores Football/Twitter)

“Honestly, I was just really calm,” she said after the game. “The SEC Championship was more stressful if I’m being honest. But I was really excited to step onto the field and do my thing.

However, Fuller will go down in the record books. Head coach Derek Mason needed an extra player — which led to Fuller coming into play —as the Commodores were without players due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“Honestly, it’s just so exciting,” Fuller said. “The fact that I can represent the little girls out there, who wanted to do this, or thought about playing football, or any sport really, I hope this encourages them to step out and do something big like this. It’s awesome.”

Fuller practiced with her new teammates this week. She was eligible due to the NCAA’s mandate that all Championships must be played in the spring except for the FBS College Football Playoff National Championship that will be played in January.

She helped guide her soccer teammates to the SEC Women’s Soccer Championship. The Commodores defeated the Mississippi State Bulldogs 4-0 to advance to the NCAA Tournament.

“I want to tell all the girls out there today, you can do anything you set your mind to,” she said. “You really can. If you have that mentality all the way through, you can do big things.”

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