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The official student newspaper of Vanderbilt University.
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The Vanderbilt Hustler

The official student newspaper of Vanderbilt University.

LIVE UPDATES: Sarah Fuller becomes first woman to log a snap in a Power Five football game

The Hustler will continue to update this story with news on Fuller and her debut.
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Sarah Fuller laces up her cleats prior to Vanderbilt’s Nov. 28 contest at Missouri. (Vanderbilt Athletics)

Editor’s Note: The Hustler reported on Nov. 24 that Sarah Fuller, Vanderbilt soccer’s starting goalkeeper, practiced with the football team as a kicker. Fuller then confirmed in a Nov. 27 tweet that she was dressing for Saturday’s contest against Missouri. Last updated on Saturday, Nov. 28.

Sarah Fuller, Vanderbilt soccer’s starting goalkeeper, became the first woman to log a snap in a Power Five football game on Nov. 28 as the Vanderbilt Commodores faced the Missouri Tigers.

Fuller, a senior goalkeeper from Wylie, Texas, made her first start for the soccer team against South Carolina on Oct. 11, 2020 and held the starting position through the Commodores’ SEC Tournament title on Nov. 2. The Hustler reported on Nov. 24 that Fuller practiced with the football team as a kicker, and she made her first appearance in the second half as she kicked off to the Tigers.

15:00, 3rd Quarter — Kickoff to the 35-yard line

After the offense failed to get within field goal range in the first half, all eyes were on Fuller and the Commodore special teams unit to start the third quarter. Vanderbilt received possession to start the game, so the Commodores would eventually have to kickoff to start the second half—the only question was whether they would use Fuller as their kicker.

In the end, Mason did opt to roll out Fuller on the ensuing kickoff, making her the first woman to log a snap in a Power Five football game. Fuller booted the ball 30 yards to the opposing 35, and the Missouri Tigers did not return the kick.

Fuller did not make another appearance following her second half kickoff.

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Simon Gibbs, Former Sports Editor
Simon Gibbs (‘21) is the former Sports Editor for The Vanderbilt Hustler. He has been on staff since the first semester of his freshman year, previously serving as a Staff Writer, Senior Writer and Deputy Sports Editor. Simon is also the host of VU Sports Wired on Vanderbilt Video Productions and The Hustler Sports 30 on VandyRadio. Simon has attended several events as credentialed media, including the 2019 NFL Draft, 2019 College Baseball World Series and the 2019 SEC Tournament. Outside of his Commodore coverage, Simon has had bylines published on NHL.com and NashvillePredators.com. When he's not writing, you can find Simon watching his hometown New York Mets, waiting for that next ring. For tips, comments or concerns, please reach out to: [email protected]    
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