Posted by Gabe Hiatt on November 13, 2013 – 5:10 pm
Reed Doughty put a bison on his forehead.
Not literally you maniac. In a Wednesday open locker room session, the Northern Colorado product wore a Gallaudet hat four days after taking in the Bison’s 35-7 win over Anna Maria at Hotchkiss Field. Doughty took his family to the game for a rare Saturday treat. Typically he spends his Saturdays in preparation, but Washington already played on Thursday night.
Like Doughty, who said he knew he had hearing loss since he was 5, Gallaudet’s players face varying degrees of deafness or are hard of hearing. As a result, the players and coaches have intricate sign language they employ on the field.
“The atmosphere was fun,” Doughty said. “The fans and the students were really into it. It was a different experience because there’s not a PA system. There’s not an announcer. It was a different experience, but my family had a great time.”
Gallaudet is 9-0. On Monday the Bison earned their first ranking ever in the Top 25 AFCA Division III Coaches’ Poll.
“There’s nothing holding them back,” Doughty said. “They’re really playing good football right now.”
CBS News has more on Gallaudet’s season.