Blind long snapper takes practice field at USC

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USC long-snapper Jake Olson

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!”