Q&A: Beau Proctor, Northeastern State linebacker
It wasn’t that long ago that Beau Proctor was suited up and playing for Norman North in the Class 6A championship game in 2012. The Timberwolves lost to Jenks, and now Proctor has arrived in Tahlequah, preparing to redshirt during his first year on campus at Northeastern State.
Outside of football, what’s something you enjoy doing?
I love to hunt and fish. Those are probably my two passions.
What are some of the largest catches you’ve hauled in?
When I was five, a caught a 16- or 17-pound striper at Lake Texoma. I was like pulling in a brick; it took about 45 minutes. I was just hustling it.
Being a duck hunter, are you a fan of Duck Dynasty?
I am. I love it.
Who is your favorite person on the show?
I’d probably say Jase. He’s kind of like me; kind of laid back and kind of makes jokes behind the scenes.
With Bobby Proctor as a well-known former assistant coach at Oklahoma, are you at all interested in getting into coaching after college?
I’m going to try to do physical therapy stuff. I’ve had conversations with my grandpa about it, and the first thing he said is ‘absolutely not.’ He said, ‘don’t get into it.’ He loved it. It was his passion. But he said family time is too valuable.
What was it like playing in the state championship game against Jenks?
Well, in December, it sucked because we lost. But the tour up to that was incredible. You look at “Friday Night Lights” and “Remember the Titans” and everything, and people say it’s like a movie. And it really is like a movie.
What was it like beating Owasso in the semifinals to reach the state championship game?
Before the season started, we were picked fifth in the district. Then we go undefeated in district. Then we went into that game with teachers saying we had a good run and everything, so we just played with that chip on our shoulder. It was just awesome. It was really just having that feeling of proving people wrong.
How was the most impressive player you played with at Norman North?
Jordan Evans. He went to OU. He was incredible on special teams. I think he had like six kick returns and six punt returns. Now he’s going to have an awesome career at OU.