POSTED: Tuesday, March 13, 2012 - 10:33pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, May 8, 2012 - 1:33pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — At least for now, Mo Isom's dream of one day putting on the LSU helmet and shoulder pads, running out in front of 90-thousand screaming fans and connecting on a meaningful kick, is over.
“We reviewed her skills and the things that she could do and felt like there are about four guys on the team right now that are ahead of anyone who tried out, including Mo,” LSU head coach Les Miles said Tuesday in front of a handful of local reporters
Miles says Isom was just not ready for certain aspects the kicker must handle.
“The way we kick off into the corner, we count on our kicker to make some tackles and frankly that's something that I’m not comfortable that she can do. That's one of those spots that you can put a person that can’t tackle.”
But the four year soccer player won't go down without a fight.
“I think she will go back and concentrate on extra points and field goals. She didn't want to take it that she didn't make the team and asked 'if I get a lot better can I try again’ I said sure,” Miles added with a smile.
According to Isom's twitter account Tuesday afternoon that's the plan.
Her tweet read: “I will continue working my hardest with the team through Spring and Summer and see where I stand in August. There is still much to this journey and I will not give up on my dream”
Coach Miles says he's 100 percent certain this was not a publicity stunt.
“It’s too painful to be denied. Who in the heck would go through this for publicity? Not anyone I know.”
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