Blind USC long snapper Jake Olson, who joined the Trojans as a walk-on a couple weeks ago, reportedly zipped his first snap in a live practice environment Wednesday. And zipped it well.
Lindsey Thiry of The Los Angeles Times captured Olson's moment:
"He had a perfect snap," said coach Steve Sarkisian, according to The Los Angeles Times. "We made the kick, so it was really awesome to see. I think it puts a lot of things into perspective for a lot of people around here, that life's pretty good. ... When you're having a bad day and you see that guy go out there and snap the ball and do it the way he did, it's pretty inspiring."
Sarkisian has said he hopes to play Olson in a game. Olson developed a friendship with former USC coach Pete Carroll as a child, and Olson's dream became Carroll's mission. Although the drill was reportedly live, Olson's off-colored jersey was indicative of non-contact status, meaning he wasn't to be hit. Sarkisian said as much when Olson joined the team.
"It will be a great story for everybody involved, and I think just from a sheer sportsmanship standpoint, it sends a tremendous message for college athletics," Sarkisian said.
When Olson's first game appearance arrives, Sarkisian said that he would propose an agreement with an opponent so they are aware of Olson's presence in the game.