Van Voorhis becomes first woman non-kicker to play in NCAA football game
With Shenandoah already up 26 points in the second quarter, she entered the game and quickly registered a quarterback hurry on third down.Van Hoorhis joins the room of NCAA female football players, alongside Katie Hnida — a placekicker who became the first female to score in an NCAA football game in 2003 — and Vanderbilt’s Sarah Fuller.
“It’s an amazing thing,” Van Voorhis said after the game, according to The Washington Post. “I just wanted to get out and do my thing. I want to show other people this is what women can do, to show what I can do. It’s a big moment. I made the impossible possible, and I’m excited about that.”
Shenandoah went on to beat Juniata 48-7.
The junior hurried the QB on the play: pic.twitter.com/0mW8K6WeDG
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Hailing from The Plains, VA, Van Voorhis went to Christchurch High School, where she earned a 2019 Football All-State Honorable Mention and basketball MVP honors. The 5’6 junior committed to the Hornets in April 2021 and played junior varsity for two years before suiting up for the varsity squad for the first time this year. Van Voorhis is also a sprinter on the women’s track team and plays a role in the 4×4 relay.