Jake Olson, a blind long-snapper, practiced with Southern California for the first time Tuesday and impressed coaches and teammates with his work ethic and ability.

Jake Olson, a blind long-snapper, practiced with Southern California for the first time Tuesday and impressed coaches and teammates with his work ethic and ability.

"It's awesome. It's really cool," quarterback Cody Kessler said. "This team is so welcoming to him, and it's great to have him in the locker room. He never makes excuses; he never complains about anything. He's out here working his butt off."

Olson, a freshman walk-on, was not made available to reporters.

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"It was a surreal feeling being out there at practice," Olson told the school's website. "I'm excited to help this team in any way I can and be a great teammate."

Olson, who lost one eye at 10 months and the other when he was 12, was brought into the USC football program as a preteen by former coach Pete Carroll. He went on to play high-school football and golf and was awarded a "Swim with Mike" scholarship to USC, awarded annually from the Physically Challenged Athletes Scholarship fund.

Olson wore jersey No. 17. His jersey was yellow, like those worn by quarterbacks, as a precaution for contact. During the workout, starting long-snapper Zach Smith, punters Kris Albarado and Reid Budrovich and other special teams players helped guide Olson, who could not participate until the NCAA and USC cleared him.

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