Becca Longo Becomes the First Female Scholarship Football Player

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The 18-year-old is the first female football player to earn a scholarship to a school at the Division II level or higher.

Reportedly, a female has never gotten a football scholarship at the Division I or II level until Longo signed her letter of intent on Wednesday. In 2016, she converted 35 out of 38 extra-point attempts and scored on her lone field goal from 30 yards out. "The offensive coordinator [Josh Blankenship] told me he wanted me to come out for a visit".

She is not the first woman to play college football, but none of her predecessors have played on scholarship at a Division II level or higher.

"It was like recruiting any other athlete", former National Football League quarterback Timm Rosenbach, Adams State's head coach, told the Arizona Republic. Adams State is an NCAA Division II school that plays in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. To me, there is no doubt she can be competitive. Longo actually contacted them first during the season to hopefully peak their intrest in recruiting her.

Comfortable kicking from 45 yards out, Longo only attempted one field goal in a game all season - a 30-yarder - because her team, led by Arizona State-signee Ryan Kelley at quarterback, usually went for it on fourth down. Granted, the state's newest kicker - Becca Longo - wouldn't mind ending up there someday.

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Becca Longo is making history. My wife is a former pro athlete.

"I just want to go and kick, and play basketball", said Longo, who hopes to play both sports.

The university recently signed kicker Tiago Paim and they have a returning sophomore Eduardo Majalca on their roster.

That was enough to warrant interest from Adams State when she contacted it about potentially playing for the Grizzlies. "I didn't really expect to play after high school until sort of the middle of my senior season, which is kind of late".

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