USC longsnapper Jake Olson, who captivated the college football world when he successfully assisted in an extra point in September, is one of 20 semifinalists for the Jason Witten Collegiate Man of the Year Award.
Olson, a blind student-athlete, has a chance at winning the award, given annually for “exhibiting exceptional courage, integrity and sportsmanship both on and off the field.”
This is anything but a regular PAT.
Jake Olson, blind since age 12, just snapped for the first time in a live game. https://t.co/amyHcFoVue
— Pac-12 Network (@Pac12Network) September 3, 2017
Olson has inspired many beyond the confines of USC, taking his message of perseverance to youth groups and schools.
Olson is one of three Pac-12 semifinalists, including Harrison Phillips (Stanford) and Derek McCartney (Colorado).
The award is named for Witten, a tight end for the Cowboys.
Three finalists will be announced Dec. 11. A winner will be named Feb. 22. The winner of the award will receive a $10,000 contribution in his name to his school’s athletic scholarship fund.
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