Blind long-snapper Jake Olson joins practice with No. 6 USC


LOS ANGELES (AP) – A blind football player has officially joined the team at Southern California.

USC freshman Jake Olson is a long-snapper attending school on a special athletic scholarship for physically challenged athletes, but eligibility issues prevented him from officially practicing with the sixth-ranked Trojans until Tuesday.

Olson was the long-snapper on field goal attempts for his high school team in Orange, California. He gets help from teammates to line up, but takes care of the rest himself.

He has been around the Trojans since Pete Carroll was the coach in 2009, the same year Olson completely lost his sight.

Coach Steve Sarkisian says he would love to see Olson play in a game for the Trojans someday, although it isn’t imminent.

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