Mo Isom is back on the practice field as she tries to kick her way onto LSU’s football roster this season. The fifth-year senior and homecoming queen made headlines last year when she tried out for a placekicking spot. Though she didn’t make the cut, she left with a memorable performance including hitting on a 51-yard field goal attempt. After a year to reflect, she is back and ready to show the world that a female can compete on the gridiron for a top tier program.
To make this happen, the former soccer star has to beat out some stiff competition with sophomore punter Brad Wing (Ray Guy Award watch list) and field goal kicker Drew Alleman (Lou Groza Award watch list) both expected to return and make a big impact on LSU’s already solid kicking game. Head Coach Les Miles has a lot of respect for Mo and welcomes the opportunity for her to compete but, “The idea that she beats (Alleman) out in pressure kicks during preseason practice? Not likely. She’s going to have to compete. Knowing Mo, that’s what she wants to do. She wants to win the job right. She doesn’t want to be given anything.”
At 6-foot-1 and 170 pounds, Mo will have to bring her best kicks forward to displace LSU’s top kickers. It isn’t an impossible task, but it will certainly be monumental. For Mo, trying out isn’t a publicity stunt or an attempt to garner attention. It’s an opportunity to play for Les Miles and one of college football’s most elite programs. LSU is heading into the season as the preseason #1 and is favored to win the SEC.