Norman High's Zac Uhles turns a corner

Now committed to Tulsa, senior shines after moving to tackle from center.
by Ryan Aber Published: August 26, 2012

photo - HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Zac Uhles in Norman, Monday August 13, 2012. Photo By Steve Gooch, The Oklahoman
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Zac Uhles in Norman, Monday August 13, 2012. Photo By Steve Gooch, The Oklahoman

“I think probably for him the biggest thing is maturity,” Norman coach Greg Nation said. “He's a great student. He does things right. He's a 4.0 student. If you want to find a direct correlation between the kind of person a kid is and the kind of football player, that's Zac Uhles.”

While most players' biggest offseason gains come in the weight room or on the practice field, Uhles' came from studying tape.

“His knowledge of the game has grown quite a bit since last year,” Nation said. “He's watched a lot more film. He's gone to different camps and things like that and learned some things too, but one of the biggest things is what he's learned from watching film.”

For Uhles it was a simple choice.

“I just wanted to be able to play at the next level,” Uhles said. “I really put my heart to it and decided that I wanted to do that and get out there and learn everything I could.”

That, as Nation said, extends far beyond football.

One of his biggest reasons for choosing TU was the school's academic reputation. Uhles wants to study to become an engineer, something that also runs in the family.

“I really enjoy math and I'm pretty good at it,” Uhles said. “I've got an uncle who's an engineer as well.”

by Ryan Aber
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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