Feb. 8, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -
NavySports.com's Senior Spotlight continues with Craig Veech. The Longwood, Fla., native has made the switch back to third base this season and he shares his thoughts about competing for playing time with his best friend as well as what type of aircraft he hopes to be flying one day.
What are you looking forward to heading into your senior season?
"We have a good senior class and it feels different than in other years. We're all very close and really good friends and it's showing on the field, so I believe there is a lot of potential in this team because of that. We've got a lot of leaders in our class and that is going to make the younger guys better. There are a lot of people to look up to and I think that brings the younger guys closer to us.
"We had great work ethic in the offseason and it's defining how we're playing. The CrossFit we did in the offseason was amazing. It felt really good and it has helped us a lot."
Talk about returning to third base this season.
"Being back at third feels great. I played there my first two seasons and last year I shifted over to first base. It feels right being back at third and you need to be comfortable where you are at on the field. Chris Campbell and I are right there competing at third and that's pushing us both. We're competing as best friends and the team is going to get the best out of that."
Talk about the impact of being comfortable at your position on the field.
"You're much more focused and not thinking about outside things. When you're comfortable somewhere on the field, you can work on other aspects of the game to improve. It makes the game a lot easier."
What has been your role as a member of this senior class?
"I think I've taken on the workhorse role. I just try to work hard and show the younger guys that you have to do that if you want to be successful. I've helped the younger guys in the gym. On the field during conditioning, I have tried to make it my role to push people."
Does it seem like you're in your final season?
"We're getting closer to graduation but you want these next few months to really slow down so you can enjoy the season. Over 50 games sounds like a lot, but it flies by so you have to enjoy it."
What is your service selection?
"Naval aviation. I'll be going to Pensacola, Fla., in early September, but I'll be around here in the physical education department as a TAD until then."
If you could fly any aircraft, what would it be?
"I would like to take a ride in a jet, but not sure I would like to make that my career. People are surprised that jets wouldn't be my first choice. I would like to fly P-3s or P-8s. But, who knows, I could go down there and get in a jet and say I love it."