Becca Longo on becoming first female to earn NCAA scholarship for football: “I’m not one to back down to anybody”

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Standing at 5-foot-11, Becca Longo seems like the average recruit for a kicker in college football, right? Wrong. She’s not a man.

Longo, a senior from Basha High School in Chandler, Arizona, made history by signing a letter of intent to Adams State University in Alamosa, Colorado. A Division II school in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Adams State finished 2-8 last season, just in front of New Mexico Highlands, the last-place team.

Longo will be the first woman to play football in college on a scholarship, but she’s not the first woman to play college football. KaLena Barnes punted for Nebraska, and April Goss was a placekicker at Kent State University. The list doesn’t end there. In total, 12 women have played collegiate-level football.

Longo seems ready to compete. She made 30 of her 33 extra point attempts in her senior season, and made her only field goal attempt.

Longo made it clear that she means business. “I’m going to go in, I’m going to be ready to compete,” Longo told CNN in an interview. “I’m not one to back down to anybody.”

Although she doesn’t have much experience in-game with field goals, she hit a 42 yarder during spring workouts last year. The Grizzlies haven’t had a winning season since 2013, but are hoping to turn things around next season with their newest team member.