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    Girl becomes the first female to be offered a football scholarship at a skill positio

    believe on the news last night they said she's only 5'6"





    CB Shelby Osborne made history yesterday:

    Official football commit to Campbellsville University ... pic.twitter.com/ntMsM779Um

    — Shelbylynn Osborne (@WontQuitTilIDie) June 4, 2014
    She will become the first female college football player who isn't a kicking specialist. Campbellsville is an NAIA school in Kentucky.

    Osborne's story is a good one, going from someone who didn't like football at all to a player in high school. She marketed herself to a number of schools before Campbellsville decided to bring her on. She hasn't played a down yet on the collegiate level, obviously, but it's still a notable barrier she's breaking. Not to take anything away from kickers, but Osborne will be lining up out there playing coverages and delivering hits. It breaks down old stereotypes to have her out there doing that. I don't think we'll see any other non-kicker female players above the NAIA level (maybe D-III, maybe), but it's a really cool story nonetheless.

    Katie Hnida was the first female Division I player, an experience that did not end well at Colorado. Two years ago, LSU goalie Mo Isom tried out for the team as a kicker but did not get a roster spot.



    http://www.teamspeedkills.com/2014/6...ale-non-kicker
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    I mean, congratulations are certainly necessary to Ms. Osborne for her accomplishment, but I just don't see this having a happy ending. Even at an NAIA school, I imagine she's going to be entirely outclassed athletically by her competition.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KabaModernFan View Post
    I mean, congratulations are certainly necessary to Ms. Osborne for her accomplishment, but I just don't see this having a happy ending. Even at an NAIA school, I imagine she's going to be entirely outclasses athletically by her competition.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KabaModernFan View Post
    I mean, congratulations are certainly necessary to Ms. Osborne for her accomplishment, but I just don't see this having a happy ending. Even at an NAIA school, I imagine she's going to be entirely outclasses athletically by her competition.
    Tough to see her really becoming an impact player. I believe that women are just as good athletes as men but in different ways, each having their own strengths and weaknesses. Football is really built around men's strengths. On the other hand, if you were to pick the position that most closely meets the strengths and abilities of women, it would definitely be CB. Whether she succeeds or not, this is really cool. She deserves a lot of credit for the determination and courage she's shown to get to this point. If nothing else, she obviously has balls. Well, I don't mean literally that ... I just mean, from a courage standpoint .... you know what I mean.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy Freeland View Post
    Tough to see her really becoming an impact player. I believe that women are just as good athletes as men but in different ways, each having their own strengths and weaknesses. Football is really built around men's strengths. On the other hand, if you were to pick the position that most closely meets the strengths and abilities of women, it would definitely be CB. Whether she succeeds or not, this is really cool. She deserves a lot of credit for the determination and courage she's shown to get to this point. If nothing else, she obviously has balls. Well, I don't mean literally that ... I just mean, from a courage standpoint .... you know what I mean.
    Oh, of course. I read in an article covering this though a quote from her where she said she wasn't really able to tackle people, which gave me a bit of pause. If she couldn't bring down high school wide receivers, there's no way she's going to be able to bring down college players - even NAIA. So she's going to have to be as fast and as strong as the players she's covering to stop them from catching passes, which would seem difficult.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KabaModernFan View Post
    Oh, of course. I read in an article covering this though a quote from her where she said she wasn't really able to tackle people, which gave me a bit of pause. If she couldn't bring down high school wide receivers, there's no way she's going to be able to bring down college players - even NAIA. So she's going to have to be as fast and as strong as the players she's covering to stop them from catching passes, which would seem difficult.
    College is full of CBs that have never tried to tackle anyone. There are some in the pros too. One or two in the HOF. Tackling is something that can be taught, it's not really about size. I'd be more worried about her battling for position with the ball in the air. I think we're both on the same page, hope she succeeds, not betting the house that she will.

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    The beautiful thing about sports is that if you let them, they determine excellence all by themselves. If she can play, she'll play. If she can't, she won't.

    Even if she can, it won't start a trend. Women's bodies are, on average, smaller, less muscled and have thinner bones than men's bodies. There will be exceptions, of course, but that's the rule.

    Therefore women, on average, will tend to be slower and have less power than men. And in football, they're probably going to hit with less force because they have both less mass and less propulsive force than a man of equal height. And a woman is less likely to be able to wrap up and tackle a man.

    From a study: "The women were approximately 52% and 66% as strong as the men in the upper and lower body respectively."
    I very much enjoy watching women's sports. I'm a huge fan of the US Women's National Team in soccer. Female drivers can compete on an equal footing with men in motor car racing, and I root for them as underdogs. I like the LPGA.

    However, I thought Michelle Wee did herself a disservice by playing in PGA TOUR tournaments. I wish Shelby Osborne all the success in the world. But what's she's doing will always be an outlier. Human physiology makes it so.
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