As a prep standout at Broken Arrow, Zac Veatch was known for his versatility.
He played both ways, was an All-State tight end and considered one of the nation’s top 28 tight end prospects by Rivals.com.
Yet it was always understood that Veatch would grow into an offensive lineman.
“That was kind of the idea,” said the Cowboys sophomore. “Start out as tight end, special teams guy, then once the strength and the weight came along, I’d move inside to the O-line.
“It doesn’t really matter to me, as long as I’m on the field contributing to the team, that’s where I want to be.”
Now up to 290 pounds on his 6-foot-4 frame, Veatch figures to be a fixture on the field, projecting as the No. 1 right guard for Saturday’s season opener against Florida State.
Veatch is one of three new starters on the offensive line, with sophomore center Paul Lewis to his left and redshirt freshman tackle Zach Crabtree to his right also jumping into full-time status.
Veatch said that after some rough early adjustments that included getting a feel for new line coach Bob Connelly, the unit has smoothed out.
“It’s been great,” Veatch said. “At first you started out in the spring with a new coach and a new system and it was kind of hard. But since the spring, we’ve been in the meeting rooms, talking and meeting as a group.
“We’ve come light years since the spring.”