Blind long snapper takes practice field at USC
LOS ANGELES, Cal. (September 16, 2015) – Jake Olson completely lost his sight six years ago but still had his dream of playing football for USC in Southern California.
Now the blind long-snapper is one step closer to the playing field after practicing with the Trojans on Tuesday.
Olson had his first official practice at USC, where he is on a special scholarship for physically challenged athletes. Eligibility issues delayed his start until this fall when he joined the sixth-ranked Trojans for a workout.
Head Coach Steve Sarkisian has repeatedly said he expects Olson to snap in a game for the Trojans one day, although it isn’t imminent. The freshman is just grateful to keep learning and supporting his teammates until he gets a shot.
Olson made a post on his Twitter account later Tuesday: “First practice was so much fun! Love this team! Thanks to everyone!”