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

06 September 2017

He said he was gonna call every coach and just hope he gets it done. Olson had thought about it, been anxious about it, lost sleep worrying about it.

Olson has been blind since childhood, having lost both eyes to retinal cancer. He had his left eye removed when he was 10 months old. When the cancer returned in 2009, doctors told his parents the only way to keep the it from spreading was to remove the right eye. To Coach Carroll, none of this would have been possible without you. "I never dreamed that I would meet the players, be in the middle of their pre and post-practice huddles and then travel with them to a game".

I was thinking of Joe Montana, in his Notre Dame days, as Rosen coolly engineered one last-ditch drive after another.

When he returned to practice following the surgery, he received a hero's welcome from the coaches and players. "I was happy to be a part of it". Current Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll was first to introduce Olson to the team, and after Olson's performance on Saturday Caroll said the moment brought him to tears. He'd taken a frightful beating over the course of the game, but he didn't look rattled or discouraged.

"I give him all the credit", Lester said of Helton, to USA Today. I am beyond blessed to have such an unbelievable family.

In the years that followed he became the long snapper for his high school team.

But since training camp, USC's coaches have remarked on how Jones has made strides toward developing into a hard-nosed runner, better able to run between the tackles and fend off defenders, a product of adding 10 pounds in the offseason.

After suffering a knee contusion in the first half against Western Michigan, junior offensive lineman Chuma Edoga fought through pain and finished the game.

Helton called Lester last week to try to make arrangements for Olson's appearance in the game.

After that, Olson believed all the work he'd done with holder Wyatt Schmidt was finally going to pay off. Miami plays one of the biggest games on its schedule next week at Florida State, and Louisville will be hosting the defending champion Clemson Tigers next week.

"I had an idea that it was happening", Carroll said with a grin. Medical staff required him to get an assurance from Western Michigan coach Tim Lester that his team wouldn't rush on the play. It didn't turn out that way. So what chance did the Volunteers have, facing a do-or-die 2-point conversion, clinging to a 42-41 lead in double overtime, of stopping the 87th run? It was 14-14 at halftime, 21-21 after three quarters and 28-28 midway through the fourth quarter.

The Trojans went on to win the game 49-31.

"Are you good to go?" "To continue that relationship we have is awesome", Olson said. "I told them what was going on, what it meant to us, and what it stood for. But suddenly it was happening so fast".

This, though, was completely different. "It was about more than football". It was about showing people you can overcome something bad, something really terrible, if you just don't give up on yourself. "They are a really close knit group". It wasn't important to the outcome of the game. "I knew it was just going to be a huge, huge moment". "By then I was reasonably okay". Olson snapped it. "I knew it was a good snap", he said.

He delivered a ideal snap to Wyatt Schmidt before Chase McGrath made the extra point.

Olson was mobbed by his teammates.

"I'm a lifelong Cubs fan", he said. The final bet for this game though is the USC Trojans. That made me a little uneasy.

College football point spread: The Trojans opened as 10.5-point favorites, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark (line updates and matchup report). Certainly, he felt it.

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