By the books, Broken Arrow High School’s Drew Kaiser is everything, but the prototypical Class 6A defensive end.
He has more than three strikes against him:
Strike 1: Kaiser is listed at 6-foot-0 on the Tiger roster. At best, he’s 5-foot-10 or “somewhere about 5-11,” he said.
Strike 2: At 240 pounds, he’s not the heaviest on the BAHS defensive front and surrenders up to 40 pounds to opposing lineman.
Strike 3: Speed. Kaiser doesn’t have breakaway quickness. Being a sprinter isn’t part of his makeup.
Strike 4: Running. “Watching Drew run,” BAHS defensive coordinator Adam Gaylor said, laughing, “is painstaking. He wears me out.” During summer wind sprints with sophomore brother Gage Kaiser, the younger Kaiser would turnaround, run backward and talk to his sibling. “Oh,” Drew Kaiser said, smiling, “Gage always had words of encouragement.”
This affable senior has defied the odds for the last three seasons and there’s slowing him down.
First-year defensive line coach Tyler Caid said first impressions don’t tell the true story.
“You wonder how he gets it done,” Caid said. “But, he does everything the right way. Drew is one of the best technique players I’ve ever seen or coached.
“He doesn’t need a thousand reps to understand what needs to be done. Drew is a very intelligent player and he knows the game.”
Technique is Kaiser’s secret.
“It’s staying low and making sure your hands are in the right place,” Drew Kaiser said. “Really, it’s just doing what the coaches teach you.”
He was a 205-pound sophomore when he got his first start against Owasso in the 2011 season opener.
“Owasso had some big ol’ dudes and the first couple of series were intimidating,” Kaiser said. “It didn’t take long when I realized I could play with these guys.”
In last week’s 24-17 victory at Bentonville, Ark., Kaiser had 10 tackles, two quarterback hurries and a 15-yard penalty.
When brother Gage got an interception that sealed the outcome, Drew Kaiser sprinted the from sideline, “tackled” his brother and got the flag.
“I was more excited than Gage,” he said. “It’s special getting to play side-by-side with him.”
A polite and humble youngster off the field, Kaiser has a burning competitive spirit.
“I don’t know what it is, but I can flip a switch,” Kaiser said. “When I am playing, there’s an animal in me. That’s now how I am away from football.”
Kaiser owns a want-to-win persona when it comes to hunting and fishing.
“I want to catch the most and shoot the most,” he said, grinning. “That’s just the way I am.
“When it comes to hunting, I am a much better shot than Gage.”