Mo Isom fails to make LSU football team

August, 24, 2012
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Mo Isom won't play football for LSU after all.

The former LSU women's soccer star and homecoming queen was let go from the team Friday in a meeting with head coach Les Miles after a two-day tryout, her second tryout since the spring.

Mo Isom
Andy Mead/Icon SMIFormer soccer star and homecoming queen Mo Isom did not make the LSU football team.
"Frankly, she kicked well," head coach Les Miles said. "The good news is, our top three field goal/extra point people are really, really strong. It becomes one where you can't add it to the team because it takes a spot from a guy like Jeremy Peeples, a guy who's a walk-on who really practices every snap as a [scout team member] and we will give him snaps to play in a game."

Division I Football Bowl Subdivision programs are allowed by NCAA rules to expand their rosters from 105 players to 120 on the first day of school. Generally, these spots go to walk-ons who made the team in the spring and will participate with the scouts. Some, such as Peeples, earn chances to play in games.

Isom's tryout came with the expanded roster. Miles said she performed well, but she'd be "fourth, fifth, behind our guys."

LSU returns the SEC's most accurate kicker in Drew Alleman and kickoff specialist James Hairston. Punter Brad Wing is a returning all-American.

It was the second and probably final time for Isom to try to make the team. She tried in the spring and was cut. She'll likely not be able to try again because, after her four-year soccer career, she has just one season of NCAA eligibility remaining.

She tweeted her disappointment, saying, "I am heartbroken, but my head is held high. Knowing I gave everything I had is the greatest victory. Unending thanks to my LSU football fam." She called LSU's special teams "the best special teams unit in the nation and better men," and added, "Can't wait to cheer them on."

Miles said he didn't doubt that there were teams she could make.

"You could see that if this wasn't an elite program with great kicking and very, very fine players at every position, there may be something for Mo to do on a number of football teams, maybe just not ours," Miles said.


Gary Laney | email

Reporter, GeauxTigerNation



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