Stover “takes care of business” on the family farm and on the football field

Fourth-year tight end Cade Stover walks off the field after Ohio State’s spring game. Credit: Katie Good | Photo editor assistant

Growing up in Mansfield, Ohio, Cade Stover was known for several things.

His football skills spoke for themselves at 6-foot-4 and 255 pounds, landing him a scholarship spot on Ohio State’s roster in 2019.

But in the Stover family, working on the family farm is not an after-school activity but a daily responsibility.

“We raise cattle. We grow corn. We grow alfalfa, so we do all kinds of things,” Stover said. “I would say any job that’s on the farm has probably been touched at some point.”

Stover’s newest job is the one he was named to on Aug. 13 — one of two jobs at Ohio State. six captains voted among their peers.

Before starting his career at Buckeye, Stover helped his parents run their farm and his family owns 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 boy,” Stover said. “I mean, you’re a tough, blue-collar person.”

For Stover, that person is his father, Trevor Stover.

“How he handles business, how he handles problems on the farm, if you got a cow sick, if you have mechanical problems, you have all kinds of things,” Cade Stover said. “There’s a mental toughness, and there’s a physical toughness, and there’s just a presence about a tough person that you want to be around.”

Cade Stover said he grew up watching his father wake up around 5 a.m., come home around 7 p.m. that night and stay diligent in maintaining the family farm.

As he progressed in his own football career, Cade Stover said his father encouraged him to pursue his athletic passions. Trevor Stover understood the grind of being a successful student-athlete; played tight end at Bowling Green in the 1990s.

“He knew football. I mean, he saw something in me that I didn’t see in me way before anybody did, to be honest with you. He always knew,” Stover said. “Whether I used to pack hay and cut hay, go lift and then come back and do it again. There was never a time where I was like, ‘No, you can’t go there.’ It was always, ‘Go for it.’ . Go be an athlete. Go do your thing. That was always good.”

Cade Stover was named Ohio’s Mr. Football in 2018 before coming to Ohio State as a linebacker.

He spent most of his first three seasons with the program at defensive end before converting to tight end in 2021, but was a Rose Bowl contributor again. 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 guy, he’s athletic, he’s got good ball skills and he’s worked a lot in the offseason to work on his route running and catching the ball, so he’s been outstanding. slow”.

Offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson called Cade Stover “one of the guys on our team” and praised the way he maintains consistency in his play on the field and his leadership off the field.

Graduate Mitch Rossi, who practices in Wilson’s room, said “many” things make Cade Stover different from most Buckeyes, but he has noticed his consistency. Wilson and his colleagues do, too.

“You can tell he has a very good upbringing. He’s a guy I want in my kind of fox, so he won’t blame me for anything,” Rossi said. “We’re working together out there and I can trust him. It’s great to have him out there.”

Cade Stover will focus primarily at tight end entering the 2022 season, which begins with a top-five matchup against No. 5 Notre Dame at Ohio Stadium on Sept. 3.

Imposing in height and physicality on the field, Cade Stover’s leadership stems from his family farm roots — roots he wants to develop into his own legacy at Ohio State and beyond.

“I’m nowhere where I am without my mom and dad and those guys, so just making them proud, that’s my No. 1 goal,” Stover said. “Being there for these guys and my team, I mean, just knowing that if things go anywhere you’re at, they know who’s going to be with them.”

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