This coming Saturday Georgia will square off against Vanderbilt. Seeing as the Bulldogs are 6-2 in college football’s toughest conference while the Commodores are 0-8, there isn’t a ton of mystery surrounding what the end result will be.
As a result, there has been a certain media focus on subplots like kicker Sarah Fuller, who made history last week when she became the first woman to play in a Power Five conference football game.
During his most recent press conference, Georgia head football coach Kirby Smart explained why he would not focus on Fuller and her role in the lead-up to the Vanderbilt game.
“Probably not,” he said.
“I’ve never had to have that conversation before. I’m not going to change and have that conversation now,” Smart said. “We don’t account for the kicker in our returns.
“I don’t think anybody in the country accounts for the kicker. You assume that if you get to the kicker, you did a pretty good job in the return game,” he continued.
“We don’t plan on having a conversation about it. She plays a very physical sport to be honest with you. I’ve seen some pretty brutal collisions without a helmet and without gear on. I’m sure she can take care of herself when it comes to that. That’s not something we’ve really concerned with because we don’t assign anybody to the kicker.”
Vanderbilt interim head coach Todd Fitch, who took over for the recently-fired Derek Mason, said that Fuller would continue to be on the roster for the foreseeable future.
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“I didn’t speak with her specifically after last week’s game, but she indicated that she wanted to continue,” he said.
“She was there today. Right now, as it stands I don’t see any change in that. She’ll be with us on the trip to Georgia and we’re gonna put the best people out there. If she’s our best option, we’ll continue to work with her and we’ll do the best we can for the team.”
Vanderbilt got blown out 41-0 in Fuller’s debut versus Missouri last week.
Will she and her team fare any better this time around?
Time will tell.