SIGNS FROM THE SIDELINE: Deaf running back Zach Reese has no fear

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Tina Harbuck
Published: Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at 10:47 PM.

When James Burns signals in a play from the sidelines, it's a necessity.

It's imperative that Burns, an interpreter for the deaf, gets the right signal in to South Walton running back Zach Reese, who has been deaf since birth.

Reese, a senior for the Seahawks, plays the game with no fear, going at every play head strong.

"Sometimes I make mistakes, but it makes me want to play harder to make up for those mistakes," Reese signed to Burns who in turn told The Sun.

Reese, who lives in Rosemary Beach with his dad Edward and step-mom Erin, had to stop and count on his fingers when asked how many years he's been playing football.

"About eight years" was the verdict.

"My dad played football and got me watching it on TV," Reese said. "I got interested and started wanting to play."

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