Impact Freshmen: Zeke Walters

Impact Freshmen: Zeke Walters

Southern Miss has seen many young players thrust into key roles this season. One of those guys is true freshman Zeke Walters, and in our weekly coverage of impact freshmen, GoldenEaglePride.com talked with Walters about his adjustment to life in Division One, his role on the team, and what it means to him to be able to suit up in a Golden Eagle uniform.

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Walters signed with Southern Miss out of Briarwood Christian Academy in Birmingham, Alabama, and never doubted his decision. He is now fulfilling a dream of being able to play with the Golden Eagles.

His role is largely special teams, and a blocking tight end, and that suits Walters just fine.

"I am blessed that they have trusted me to do this role," he said. "I play a little bit on special teams, and that is what I take most pride in because special teams are a prideful thing. You have to have guys who take great pride in special teams, and I love being a part of the kickoff team.

"On offense, I am in on a lot of two tight end stuff, and I don't get the ball a lot but that doesn't matter to me because I am blessed to just be on the field as a freshman."

Being on the field has shown him what a huge jump it is from High School one year, to Division One football the next.

"The biggest adjustment is the speed of the game," he said. "It is tough to adjust to Division One because of the speed of everything. The ball comes out quick. The QB is throwing the ball before you make your break, where in High School the QB is throwing it as you make your break. That is a big deal.

"Also making your blocks, going to the spot where the defender is going to wind up, not where they line up, and that is something they really teach us," he added. "In high school you have more speed than everyone else, and in college I've found you have to be real precise in where you are going."

Walters will one day be a leader on this team because of his team first attitude and the hard work he puts in each and every day.

"We had a good day of practice today," he informed us. "Tuesday is always a good hard work day, so we went at it hard today."

How is the mood of the team after the tough loss to ECU?

"The mood of the team is good," Walters said. "The loss didn't break us; we still have a lot to play for. The conference championship in the last several years has not even been played for without a team having a loss in the conference, so the mood is fine.

"We are determined to get all these conference games and move toward our goal which is a conference championship."

For Walters, it is enough to be on the field and living out a dream of his. "It is a huge blessing," he said of playing for Southern Miss. "It is something I've asked for all my life, and sometimes it is a tough blessing. College football is not always glory, but it is a chance for me to do what I've always wanted to do."

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