Expectations for the Ohio State football team are high every year. It’s national championship or bust every season in the fanbase’s eyes. At the very least, the Buckeyes should be beating TTUN every year. They haven’t even been doing that for the last couple of years.
One of the players who didn’t play well in the matchup against TTUN, or really any game late in the year, is tight end Cade Stover. Stover had some boneheaded plays against TTUN, including an unnecessary roughness penalty that cost the Buckeyes 15 yards in the second half.
Stover also dropped a pass on an attempted fourth-down conversion that would have given the Buckeyes a first down in Michigan territory, and he dropped a touchdown. He also got called for a holding penalty against Georiga. Simply put, he had a horrible finish to the year.
After the Penn State game, Stover’s game went downhill a season ago. He did mention after the year was over that he was hurt, although he said he’d never divulge how injured he truly was because he didn’t want to use it as an excuse for how poorly he played down the stretch.
2023 will be a year for redemption for Stover. He decided to come back so that he could get rid of that sour taste he has in his mouth from how he finished last season. Even though this Ohio State football team doesn’t look quite as dangerous with a new quarterback, they can still be really good.
Stover showed at times last year that he showed immense value as a receiver and a blocker. If the Buckeyes can get a tight end that is a matchup nightmare, the offense comes even more unstoppable. I’m sure that’s something Brian Hartline will look at this off-season.
I’d love to see Stover get his redemption this season. Ohio State would too.