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Indiana woman signed to play NAIA college football at a Kentucky school

Shelby Osborne won't be a kicker at Campbellsville in Kentucky.
By Evan Bleier   |   June 6, 2014 at 1:39 PM   |   Comments

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky., June 6 (UPI) -- When an Indiana woman finishes up at Jeffersonville High School, she'll be bringing her talents to Campbellsville in Kentucky and continue her football career -- not as a kicker.

Shelby Osborne played cornerback during her senior year and she's hoping to remain on the field at the NAIA school after signing on Wednesday.


The 5-foot-6, 140-pound recruit signed at Campbellsville after attending an open recruiting visit.

"I went up to coach Perry Thomas and said, 'I know I'm not what you're expecting,' because there were hundreds of recruits there," Osborne said.

When she suits up for the team, Osborne will become college football's first female defensive back.

"She can get through the rigor of the running and conditioning part of it," Oldham told the Courier-Journal. "I don't know how she'll do physically -- like taking hits and stuff. But being a defensive back, it's kind of like Deion Sanders. You can choose to hit or not hit. She's got to make business decisions."

Osborne has difficulty tackling, so she strives to "shut down" her side instead.

"At first it was for me. It was something I wanted to do, and I went out and achieved it," Osborne said. "But now I have girls coming to me asking for help. It doesn't just apply to football -- just anything they don't see as a possibility because there are certain professions viewed as male professions that they could go into that they might not have thought about."

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