See video of Vanderbilt kicker Sarah Fuller interview after Missouri football game

Erik Hall
Nashville Tennessean

Sarah Fuller made her debut with the Vanderbilt football team as she took the kickoff to start the second half against Missouri on Saturday, Nov. 28, in Columbia, Missouri. 

She is the first woman to play football in a major conference. 

Fuller, a member of the Vanderbilt women's soccer team, kicked that second-half kickoff 30 yards to the Missouri 35-yard line. 

She was greeted warmly when she returned to the sideline. 

Video of Sarah Fuller post-game interview

Fuller spoke to SEC Network before she left the field.

"Honestly, it's just so exciting," Fuller said. "The fact that I can represent the little girls out there, who wanted to do this or thought about playing football or any sport, really, and it encourages them to be able to step out and doing something big like this. It's awesome." 

When asked about her mentality during the second-half kickoff, Fuller said, "Honestly, I was just calm. The SEC Championship (women's soccer game) was more stressful if I'm being honest. But I was real excited to step out on the field and do my thing." 

Regarding the attention on her performance, Fuller said the message she wanted to deliver is, "I just want to tell all the girls out there that you can do anything you set your mind to, you really can. And if you have that mentality all the way through, you can do big things."

Nov 28, 2020; Columbia, Missouri, USA; Vanderbilt Commodores place kicker Sarah Fuller (32) is interviewed after a game against the Missouri Tigers at Faurot Field at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Missouri defeated Vanderbilt 41-0.

Missouri improved to 3-4 overall and 3-4 in the Southeastern Conference. Vanderbilt went to 0-8 overall and 0-8 in the SEC.

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Vanderbilt is scheduled to return to action Saturday, Dec. 5, against the Georgia Bulldogs in Athens, Georgia.

Erik Hall is the lead digital producer for sports with the USA Today Network. You can find him on Twitter @HallErik