Haley Van Voorhis becomes first female non-kicker to play NCAA football

Haley Van Voorhis of Division III Shenandoah University became the first female non-kicker to play in an NCAA football game on Saturday afternoon.Van Voorhis, a junior safety, entered during the first quarter of a 48-7 victory over Juniata and rushed in to put heavy pressure on the quarterback on third-and-7 to force a punt.The 5-foot-6, 145-pound Van Voorhis joined the Shenandoah program in 2021. She previously was a high school player at Christchurch High in Virginia.In 2021, Van Voorhis addressed being a woman football player during an interview with ESPN.”There’s definitely people out there who see the story and think, ‘This girl’s going to get hurt,'” Van Voorhis said. “I hear that a lot. Or, ‘She’s too small, doesn’t weigh enough, not tall enough.’ But I’m not the shortest on my team, and I’m not the lightest.”