USC presence on preseason award watch list continues, however this one is truly special and very deserving for someone who embodies the term “Fight On”. Long snapper Jake Olson was named to the Wuerffel trophy watch list Thursday morning. The award is given for outstanding community service.
Jake Olson’s story started back in 2009 when he was introduced to the college football world on a segment of ESPN’s College Gameday. Olson had to under go a procedure to have his eyes removed and requested to see USC before he lost his sight. Trojans head coach at the time Pete Carroll granted that request and more by giving Olson all access look into the program. Carroll also made Olson an honorary captain for the Arizona game.
After surgery Olson aspired to not let him being blind be a burden. In 2015 he made the Orange Luthern’s high school football team as a long snapper. When Olson got to USC he walked onto the Trojans football team as a long snapper, he was closer to his dream of snapping in a actual game for USC.
That dream would become a reality thanks to head coach Clay Helton and Western Michigan’s head coach Tim Lester. In the Trojans season opener against Western Michigan, with 3:13 left in the game and the Trojans leading comfortably after a Marvell Tell III pick-6 Jake Olson came on to snap for the PAT. The blind long snapper had a successful and well done snap to complete the PAT. A beautiful moment for that was highlighted through out the 2017 college football season and sports as a whole. Olson has had another successful snap in USC’s victory over the Oregon State Beavers.
The Wuerffel Trophy has been awarded since 2005. Quarterback Matt Barkley is the lone Trojan to win the award back in 2012.
Congratulations Jake and Fight On!