Published: Tue, September 05, 2017
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

USC's blind long-snapper Jake Olson snaps for a PAT

USC's blind long-snapper Jake Olson snaps for a PAT

USC kicks off the 2017 college football season Saturday at the Coliseum against the Western Michigan Broncos.

Jake Olson, who has been blind since the age of 12, entered the game for the USC Trojans during the fourth quarter against Western Michigan to snap the ball to kicker.

He did not disappoint.

Olson spent two years as the starting varsity long-snapper on field goals and extra points at Orange Lutheran High in Southern California.

Of course, when you're USC, and you're beginning the season ranked No. 4 and considered a playoff contender, all that matters is that you get the win instead of a loss that could derail the entire season.

With 3:13 left in the game, after Marvell Tell's 37-yard interception return for a touchdown, the Trojans called a time out and sent Jake Olson onto the field to snap for the extra point.

"I'm of the mindset, and I know it's a cliché, but where there's a will there's a way", Olson said. Getting to snap at USC as a football player ...

"It turned out to be a attractive moment", Olson said. "I'm trying to say as much as I can, because I can't quite believe it yet".

"After walking onto the team, the 6'4" Olson finally got his opportunity.

After the game, Olson said it was "awesome" to play in a live game.

Helton vowed to get Olson into a blowout game against an opponent that would agree not to do anything that might injure the long-snapper. The lifelong Trojans fan joined the team under a scholarship for disabled athletes and began to practice with the Trojans two years ago.

Unfortunately for the Broncos, that's when USC decided it was time to turn to its rushing attack and put the game away.

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