It’s a dream deferred for Mo Isom, the female student-athlete and homecoming queen who hoped to make LSU’s football roster as a kicker. Head coach Les Miles said Isom didn’t make the cut as a kickoff specialist, according to The Times-Picayune.
"We reviewed her skill, the things she can do and do well," Miles told the Times-Picayune. "We kind of felt like there's four guys on the team right now that would be ahead of anybody that tried out the other day, including Mo.”
The football coach said Isom’s weakness wasn’t her kicking.
"She's a great person but there's some things she can't do and she knows it," Miles said, according to USA Today. “It's not the kicking. It's the tackling," Miles said.
The six-foot soccer goalkeeper, who generated national headlines with her football tryout, tweeted her reaction to being sidelined:
"Wonderful meeting w/ Coach Miles. Received great constructive feedback. Will continue working my hardest w/ the team thru Spring&Summer," Isom wrote. "I would rather devote 150% of my heart, energy & focus to a goal, & ulimately [sic] fail, then [sic] to quit early or never try. #determination."
Isom is refusing to walk away from her dream.
"She did not want to take that she couldn't make the team," Miles said according to USA Today. "She said, 'Do I get another opportunity if I get a lot better?' I said, 'Sure.'"