When people think of American Football players, they think of muscular men. The sport of football is evolving and there is no bigger proof than Krysten Muir, who stands at 5’9″ and 140lbs. She is currently a Senior at Marcos de Niza High School. Krysten is their primary kicker for field goals and extra points. Last season, during Marcos de Niza’s road to the State Championship game, Krysten went 58 of 63 on extra points and 3 for 5 on field goal attempts. To put this into perspective, she is making over 90% of her extra point attempts. Regardless of gender, these numbers are impressive. Although there is a slight drop in production this year, her numbers are similar to the previous year.
Does Krysten have a chance to play past high school? Of course. With proper training, she has tools to succeed. Krysten understands the art of kicking, which derives from her days as a soccer player. Although there is a very difficult transition between the sports, she does not let that faze her as she continues to learn about being a football kicker.
Currently, the Diablos stand at 9-3 after winning their first round playoff game against Buckeye Union, 41-36. Their next game will be against Salpointe Catholic who are the 4th seed in their bracket. If the Diablos pull off the upset, they will be on a crash course with the Saguaro, the team that beat them in the State Finals last year.