Ohio State tight end Cade Stover is getting snaps at linebacker against Utah in the Rose Bowl as the Buckeyes try to shore up their defense after several players missed the game.
With linebacker Cody Simon and several other players out, the defense needed bodies and luckily one of the nation's highest-scoring offenses was able to help them out.
Stover, a sophomore who had five catches for 76 yards this season at tight end, went back to his position he played in high school and during his freshman season in 2019, when he eventually redshirted.
Stover was No. 8-ranked linebacker in the nation and a semifinalist for the Butkus Award in 2018 at Lexington High School in Mansfield. He was the Gatorade Player of the Year and Ohio's Mr. Football in 2018.
Cade Stover became a tight end in 2020
Stover moved to tight end in 2020 and played in eight games as a redshirt freshman, seeing most of action on special teams.
He didn't get his first catch until the Tulsa game this season, a 17-yard grab.
How Ohio State made the Rose Bowl: The 2021 schedule
Sept. 2: Ohio State 45, Minnesota 31
Sept. 11: Oregon 35, Ohio State 28
Sept. 18: Ohio State 41, Tulsa 20
Sept. 25: Ohio State 59, Akron 7
Oct. 2: Ohio State 52, Rutgers 13
Oct. 9: Ohio State 66, Maryland 17
Oct. 23: Ohio State 54, Indiana 7
Oct. 30: Ohio State 33, Penn State 24
Nov. 6: Ohio State 26, Nebraska 17
Nov. 13: Ohio State 59, Purdue 31
Nov. 20: Ohio State 56, Michigan State 7
Nov. 27: Michigan 42, Ohio State 27
Jan. 1: Ohio State vs. Utah, Rose Bowl
Ohio State football schedule 2022
Here is what next season looks like for the Buckeyes.
Ohio State vs. Notre Dame, Sept. 3 in Columbus
Ohio State vs. Arkansas State, Sept. 10 in Columbus
Ohio State vs. Toledo, Sept. 17 in Columbus
Michigan State vs. Ohio State, Sept. 24 in East Lansing
Penn State vs. Ohio State, Oct. 1 in State College, Pa.
Ohio State vs. Rutgers, Oct. 8 in Columbus
Ohio State vs. Iowa, Oct. 15 in Columbus
Ohio State vs. Indiana, Oct. 29 in Columbus
Northwestern vs. Ohio State, Nov. 5 in Evanston, Ill.
Ohio State vs. Wisconsin, Nov. 12 in Columbus
Maryland vs. Ohio State, Nov. 19 in College Park, Md.
Ohio State vs. Michigan, Nov. 26 in Columbus
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This article originally appeared on The Columbus Dispatch: Cade Stover moves to Ohio State football defense in Rose Bowl