Skull Session: NFL Teams Have Eyes on Cade Stover, Chase Young Spoiled Wisconsin’s Last Visit to OSU and an 11W Staffer Shares a Family Member’s Success in the Special Olympics

I’ve been crying lately.

Ladies and gentlemen, you are reading the words of the aspiring FBS leader through the first three games of the season.

Unfortunately I’m not really.

I know. I know. Disappointing.

Chase Brown will qualify for draft after this season and may not return to the Illini for another year. But if he does, I promise I’ll find a way to get together with him and do a Q&A – one that will be even better than the Mike Hall feature on the Big Ten Network.

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But I digress. Let’s have a good Friday, shall we?

FARMER GRONK ON THE RADAR. Cade Stover’s rise in the Ohio State offense this year is somewhat of a surprise given that the Buckeyes have never really used the tight end as a consistent option in the passing game.

But Stover, or “Farmer Gronk” as Griffin Strom has nicknamed him, demands CJ Stroud’s attention as a legitimate threat from the air. In three games this season, he has made eight passes for 137 yards, including three 30-yard receptions.

“Cade did a good job getting the field open and catching the ball,” Ryan Day said on The Ryan Day Radio Show on Thursday. “He runs routes. He can open up to safeties and linebackers, so that’s become a weapon for us.”

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NFL concept analyst Dane Brugler of The Athletic believes professional scouts have taken note of Stover’s hot start to the season. If he keeps up with his current receiving numbers in the first three games, Brugler says the 6-foot-4, 255-pound tight end could climb the draft boards by 2023.

Over the past three seasons in Columbus, Cade Stover has been a key deep player in offense, defense and special teams. A four-star high school linebacker recruit, he started as a defensive target in 2019, then transitioned to offense in 2020 and back to linebacker in mid-2021. While the coaches recognize Stover’s heart is likely to be with defense, they also see his huge offensive potential and brought him to a tight end for the 2022 season.

With a tight end Jeremy Ruckert now in the NFL, Stover became the Buckeyes’ starter this season and immediately impressed. Over three games, he has scored exceptionally well as a blocker, averaging 17.1 yards per catch with zero drops on 11 targets. Stover is a draftable player based on his blocking and special-teams pedigree. But while he’s emerging as a legitimate pass-catching option, his draft stock continues to rise.

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Brugler also mentions Stroud in his article, claiming that the sophomore quarterback in the red shirt is one of the “must-see NFL prospects” in this weekend’s series of college football games. According to Brugler, a strong performance from Stroud against Wisconsin could be all that scouts need to see to cement their faith in him as a top-level NFL prospect.

CJ Stroud flexed his passing muscles against Toledo last week with 81.5 percent completions, 367 passing yards and five touchdowns, earning him an 11-to-0 touchdown-to-interception ratio in 2022. But the Wisconsin defense has allowed only one passing touchdown in three games this season. Defensive Coordinator Jim Leonhard is one of the best defensive minds in college football, and Stroud will help himself in the eyes of NFL judges with a productive performance.

A ONE MAN DEMOLITION CREW. The last time Wisconsin visited Columbus, the Badgers got into a fight with The Predator. Let me tell you, folks; The Predator won that fight time and time again.

Chase Young had an all-time great performance for Ohio State on October 26, 2019, with six tackles, five tackles for loss, four sacks and two forced fumbles against Wisconsin. As FOX commentator Joel Klatt noted, he was “a one-man wrecking crew.”

I don’t expect an Ohio state defense lineman to repeat Young’s feat on Saturday. However, with the talent in that room, I wouldn’t pass it up on them to collectively reach or exceed that number.

Something I do expect to happen is that the score will be similar to the programs’ regular season meeting in 2019. It may not be 38-7, but the Buckeyes look poised to lose to the Badgers for the ninth straight run, and possibly eruptive.

A MESSAGE FROM GARRICK HODGE. For this blurb, I’ll pass the keyboard over to my friend Garrick Hodge. He has a message about Eleven Dubgate and her support for Special Olympics Olentangy.

Greetings, everyone.

On Saturday I will attend my first Eleven Dubgate. That said, it feels strange to advocate for the event, but I feel strongly for the purpose of this event, which is to raise money for Special Olympics Olentangy.

I don’t often write within the confines of the glorious Skull Session, so a special thanks to Jason Priestas and Chase Brown for allowing me to explain why Eleven Dubgate is such a noble cause.

I have always looked up to my uncle, Gordon Hodge. He has a smile that stands out in any room, a genuine love for people and the community, and – especially in his younger days – is as strong as an ox. He has always been an avid sports fan and has always supported me in my career. Relatives will sometimes tell me how he plans his Saturdays around watching Ohio State and gets “very upset” when the Buckeyes don’t do well.

Gordon was easily the most athletic person in our family (I certainly wasn’t). He is also the one in charge of praying before the meal before every family gathering, and he has one of the most optimistic outlook on life.

Still, my uncle has faced challenges all his life because of things he had completely out of his control. I’m not a doctor and I don’t play one on TV, so I can’t speak to the details of the exact nature of his medical diagnosis. However, I believe the fairest way to explain it is that he is a special needs adult facing various health and cognitive challenges.

But that doesn’t stop him from living life to the fullest. Gordon has always been incredibly active. In the early 2000s, he was damn good at snowshoeing. He trained year-round with a Special Olympics organization in Wisconsin, which was made possible by funding that came in part from donations — the same donations that can be made to Special Olympics Olentangy at the Eleven Dubgate event.

In 2004, he was so good at snowshoeing that he qualified to represent Team USA at the 2005 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Nagano, Japan. I had something stupid to do called high school or else I would have gone. However, my father was lucky enough to attend and saw his brother win three gold medals.

On March 1, 2005, his relay team took gold. A few days later he won the gold for the 1,600m race and a day later he finished first in the 5k event.

My father called—probably with tears in his eyes—while watching his brother fulfill a lifelong dream, something I would understand almost a decade later when I watched my brother win an X Games gold medal.

When my uncle came home, he lived out his 15 minutes of fame. A few local news organizations came to film and write stories about him. I remember having breakfast with him one morning, his cereal in his left hand and his suitcase with his three medals in his right. He was proud of himself and felt like a champion. I can wholeheartedly say that winning those medals was probably the best moment of his life. That and the Cubs that won the World Series in 2016 (sorry Cleveland fans).

I don’t know if that trip to Japan would have happened for him if not for the generous donations from friends, family and complete strangers who were moved by his story. Because of their selflessness, no one will ever be able to take those memories and achievements away from him.

Which brings me to one last request.

If you have the means, even if it is just a small contribution, I ask that you give the people of Special Olympics Olentangy a similar opportunity to my uncle, because you could give someone one of the most beautiful moments of their lives. lives. Someone who has worked for it and deserves it.

Thank you for your consideration in donating to Eleven Dubgate and Special Olympics Olentangy. Everyone at Eleven Warriors hopes to see you there.

Time for me to start writing about recruitment again.

Garrick Hodge


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Doors open at 3 p.m. for Eleven Dubgate X, which will be held this Saturday ahead of Ohio State’s game against Wisconsin. This event is dependent on your donations, which will benefit Special Olympics Olentangy. Cash and Venmo (@OSSOSTORM) are both accepted.

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