BROKEN ARROW — Zac Veatch grew to love playing defense during his senior year at Broken Arrow.
“I used to not (prefer one side of the ball or the other), but now I really like playing defense,” Veatch said. “Getting after them and making a big hit is exciting.”
Veatch made plenty of big plays and hits during the Tigers' run to the Class 6A title game, and that's a big reason why he is an Oklahoman All-State defensive lineman.
Veatch is committed to play football at Oklahoma State next season, and he said he expects to play both ways at different points in this career.
Cowboys coaches have told Veatch that they really like the idea of having a tight end like him, one that likes to block, in their system.
It's an offensive role that Veatch embraced during the 2011 season at Broken Arrow, after a junior season where he was more of a pass-catching tight end.
And on defense, he was a force in the playoffs, recording 13 tackles (eight unassisted), two sacks and a blocked kick.
The playoffs, though, didn't end how he would have preferred. The Tigers suffered a heartbreaking 23-22 loss in the 6A title game to Tulsa Union. The game was lost on a fumble returned for a touchdown by Union with just minutes remaining and Broken Arrow nursing a six-point lead.
“We didn't win a state championship, but we definitely overcame a ton of adversity,” Veatch said. “We had an inexperience offensive line and a small defensive line.
“It really helps knowing that you gave it everything you had for that one game, playing both sides of the ball. It was a good experience to learn from.”