First Female Athlete Wins Division II Football Scholarship

Becca Longo Becomes the First Female Scholarship Football Player

HudlBecca Longo readying for a field goal try during a high school game. Zach Prosba

After hearing her coach, Gerald Todd, announce at a press conference that Longo is the first woman to be on scholarship at the Division II level (or higher), Longo was shocked.

There have been at least a dozen women who have played college football, but none of them had ever received an NCAA scholarship.

Knowing she wanted to kick in college, Longo sent video highlights to schools, including Adams State. Offensive coordinator Josh Blankenship then visited her in Arizona and expressed interest.

Longo, a kicker, knocked through 35 of 38 extra-point attempts for her high school in Arizona a year ago alone. And in Division II, Rosenbach said, prospective student athletes can work out on campus.

Longo kicked for Queen Creek as a sophomore before transferring to Basha. I see [Longo] as a football player who earned it.

"I'm ready to compete", Longo said about her upcoming college career.

The kicker also hit her only field-goal attempt at 30 yards, but reportedly said she feels comfortable with distances of 45 yards and less.

She says she hopes to set an example of young girls that want to play sports.

"I looked up to her kind of how some girls look up to me now", Longo said. It's believed that Longo is the first female to sign a college football letter of intent for a NCAA Division I or II program. "To me there is no doubt that she can be competitive", Rosenbach told the Arizona Republic.

Longo will be playing for former Arizona Cardinals quarterback Timm Rosenbach.

"I haven't really thought that far ahead yet".

Adams State, which is located in Alamosa, Colorado, is scheduled to open its 2017 campaign on the road against Black Hills State in South Dakota on Saturday, Sept. 2. "I love both of my sports too much to just give up and I've spent so much time and money and effort just to just let it all go".

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