Blind USC long snapper Jake Olson gets playing time vs. Western Michigan

Posted September 03, 2017

By age 12, he had to have both his eyes removed, but that didn't stop him from pursuing his athletic dreams.

This is not something you see every day in college football. He previously had lost his left eye when he was 10 months old.

USC Wyatt Schmidt #46 leads a very happy USC Trojans long snapper Jake Olson #61 off the field at the end of the game.

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Western Michigan junior QB Jon Wassink completed 11-for-22 yards 67 yards and an interception in a 49-31 loss to USC on Saturday.

Jake Olson, blind since age 12, just snapped for the first time in a live game. "More than that I just love football".

Prior to joining the Trojans as a player, Olson played for the Orange Lutheran High School football team.

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But in the fourth quarter, he was subbed in to execute the long snap for the extra point attempt.

"I tried to suppress my emotions as much as I could because I have a job to do, and I wanted to make sure I got that done", Olson said. Olson has been an inspiration to his teammates since joining the Trojans in the fall of 2015, taking part in practices for the past two-plus seasons.

Wearing No. 61, Olson sent a flawless snap back to the holder, which Chase McGrath kicked through the uprights for the final points of the game.

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Helton said there probably will be more opportunities for Olson to play in the future.