Growing up in Mansfield, Ohio, Cade Stover was known for many things.
His football skills spoke for themselves at 6-foot-4 and 255 pounds, and landed him a scholarship spot on Ohio State’s roster in 2019.
But in the Stover family, working on the family farm is not an extracurricular activity but a daily responsibility.
“We raise cattle. We grow corn. We grow alfalfa, so we do all kinds of stuff,” Stover said. “I’d say anything on the farm is something I’ve touched at some point.”
Stover’s newest job is the one he was assigned on Aug. 13: No. 2 Ohio State The six captains voted among their peers.
Before beginning his Buckeye career, Stover helped his parents run their farm, and his family owned two butcher shops, one in his hometown of Mansfield and the other in Powell.
“I think if you think of a farmer, you think of a country guy,” Stover said. “I mean, you’re a blue-collar, tough guy.”
For Stover, that person is his father, Trevor Stover.
“How he runs the business, how he handles problems on the farm, whether you have a sick cow, whether you have a mechanical problem, you have all kinds of stuff,” Cade Stover said. “There’s a mental toughness, and there’s a physical toughness to it, and there’s just a presence about a tough guy that you want to be around.”
Cade Stover said he grew up watching his father wake up at 5 a.m., return home around 7 p.m., and diligently work on the family farm.
As he progressed through his own football career, Cade Stover said his father encouraged him to pursue his athletic passions. Trevor Stover understands the grind of being a successful student-athlete; He played hardball at Bowling Green in the 1990s.
“He knew football. I mean, he saw something in me that nobody saw in me, to be honest with you. He always knew,” Stover said. “If it’s mowing and mowing at first, get up and come back and do it again. There was never a time where it was like, ‘No, you can’t go to that.’ It was always, ‘Go to that. Be an athlete.’ Go do your thing.’ That was always good.”
Cade Stover was named to Ohio Mr. Football in 2018 Before arriving at Ohio State as a linebacker.
He spent his first three seasons with the program on defense before converting to tight end in 2021, but he moved back to linebacker for the Rose Bowl. He recorded six tackles in the bowl game.
“Cade has worked really hard,” head coach Ryan Day said on Aug. 11. His physicality is what you notice the most. For a big man, he’s athletic, has good ball skills and has worked hard in the offseason to run his routes and catch the ball, so it’s been great. “
Offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson said Cade Stover is “one of our teammates” and praised the way he continues to play on the field and lead off the field.
Graduate Mitch Rossi, who practiced under Wilson’s tight end room, said there are “a lot” of things that make Cade Stover different from most Buckeyes, but he has seen his consistency. Wilson and his friends do too.
“You can tell he has a really good upbringing. He’s a friend that I want in my foxhole-type guy, so he’s not going to blame me for anything,” Rossi said. “We’re working together out there, and I trust him. i can It’s good to get him out there. “
Cade Stover will focus primarily on tight end entering the 2022 season, which begins with a top-five game against No. 5 Notre Dame on Sept. 3 at Ohio Stadium.
Impressive in stature and physicality on the field, Cade Stover’s leadership comes from his family farm roots — roots he hopes to develop into his own legacy at Ohio State and beyond.
“I wouldn’t be anywhere without my dad and mom and those guys, so to make them proud, that’s my No. 1 goal,” Stover said. “Being out here for these guys and my team, I mean, just knowing that if stuff goes down wherever you are, they know who’s going to have them.”