Cade Stover grew up watching James Laurinaitis play for Ohio State. The former Buckeye LB was 1 of his favorite players, and now he gets to play in front of him.

Laurinaitis played LB at Ohio State from 2005-2008. He is now a defensive graduate assistant on Marcus Freeman’s staff and will be on the sidelines when Notre Dame takes on Ohio State this Saturday.

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While Stover is a TE this season, he modeled his game after Laurinaitis when he came to Columbus as a DE. He referred to the longtime Ohio State LB as someone that he was supposed to be per Griffin Strom of Eleven Warriors.

“As a kid growing up, these are blue blood, you know what I mean,” said Stover. “That’s who I was supposed to be.”

This will be Stover’s 1st season primarily at TE for Ohio State. He has appeared in 21 games, with 15 of them being at TE, and 6 on defense.