Vanderbilt cancellation ends Fuller’s historic football run
With Vanderbilt’s game Saturday against No. 9 Georgia canceled because of COVID-19 concerns, Sarah Fuller’s history-making college football career is over.
The kicker announced on Twitter on Monday night — hours after the SEC canceled the Commodores’ season finale — that her time with the football team is done. She thanked those involved in helping her make national headlines over the last few weeks.
“It looks like my time as a football player has come to an end,” Fuller said in a message posted in the tweet. “I would like to personally thank the entire Vanderbilt football team, coaches, and support staff for this amazing opportunity to be a part of this program. I was accepted as an athlete and a true member of this team. This was an experience that I will never forget and will cherish forever. Good luck to the seniors and staff who are moving on to new adventures. My best wishes to the team as this program moves forward and continues to grow.”
In November, Fuller became the first woman to play in a Power 5 game, kicking off once in a 41-0 loss to Missouri. Against Tennessee on Saturday, she became the first woman to score for a Power 5 team when she kicked a pair of extra points in the Commodores’ 42-17 loss.
She was named SEC special teams co-player of the week after her first game.
Vanderbilt, which earlier Monday announced the hiring of Notre Dame defensive coordinator Clark Lea to be its new head coach, finished its season 0-9.
Fuller became the third woman to play in a Division I college football game, following in kickers Katie Hnida (New Mexico, 2003) and April Goss (Kent State, 2015).
Fuller, a senior from Wylie, Texas, started nine of 12 games at goalkeeper for Vanderbilt’s SEC championship women’s soccer team this fall before being added to the football roster.
–Field Level Media