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

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

And the position he wanted to play is the slot he now plays for the Seahawks — running back.

"He does what he is coached to do," said South Walton Coach Phil Tisa. "He's a good athlete. He's got good speed, a lot of agility, able to change direction, something we haven't had a lot of. He's a different player for us.

"He has a lot of natural ability," Tisa added. "He looks for open grass."

Sign language is Burns’ "first language," having grown up with deaf parents, but that hasn’t held him back on the football field.

In four games, Reese who stands about 5-foot-9 and weighs 150 pounds has rushed 32 times for a total of 243 yards and two touchdowns. On defense he has nine tackles and pulled down two interceptions.

Reese got his first taste of football as a 6th grader. Prior to coming to South Walton a couple of years ago, he was playing running back for the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind in St. Augustine.

"It was a lot easier, because there are a lot more plays to learn here," Reese said.

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