Originally written on Buckeye Empire  |  Last updated 10/24/14
Craig Cataline may not ring a bell with many Buckeye fans, but the young man is one of the most impressive players on the Ohio State roster. An alumnus of Grandview Heights High School in Grandview Heights, OH, Cataline was certainly not a highly touted prospect out of high school. Instead, he had a much higher calling. Cataline, following in the footsteps of his brothers, served in the United States Navy for four years before walking on at Ohio State in 2012. He served a tour of duty in Kuwait, learning sacrifice, dedication, and discipline, while defending this nation’s freedom. While the importance of his service is far more important, his time in the Navy certainly earned him a spot with the Buckeyes. Upon his departure from the Navy, Cataline set out to become an aircraft mechanic at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Arizona before completely switching gears and deciding to walk onto the Buckeyes. With four years of high school football far behind him, Cataline beat all odds and made the Buckeyes. As Cataline said in an interview with the Columbus Dispatch and Buckeye beat writer Tim May, “I lucked out- they needed some fullbacks”. Once Cataline made the team, he made his impact felt immediately. Surely one of the toughest, strongest, and most committed players at Urban Meyer’s disposal, Coach will surely look past his shoddy athleticism and get him on the field. In 2012, Cataline was mostly a special teams player who saw action in a few games, but his outing against Miami — the first game of his Buckeye career — was an incredibly memorable one. It was Cataline, the former defender of freedom, who paved the way for Bradley Roby to recover a Redhawks fumble for a touchdown. Cataline was at the bottom of the pile, ripped the ball from the Redhawks punter, and jarred it loose for seven points for the good guys. In 2013, it’s hard to expect where Cataline will end up. He’s listed on the Ohio State Athletics page as a linebacker, despite his past as a fullback. There’s no doubt that we’ll see Cataline making plays on the special teams, as he is the perfect player for his position. His discipline, dedication, and tenacity are the pillars of what is needed from special teams players. Whether or not Cataline plays this season for the Buckeyes, his contributions to the United States of America renders him worthy of our thanks and praise. Thank you Craig for your sacrifice and we hope to see you making a multitude of plays for the Buckeyes this coming season.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Memorabilia dealer at center of Todd Gurley scandal fired

Colt McCoy on learning he was starting ‘it’s about f—ing time’

Four Questions for Game 3 of the World Series

Percy Harvin not planning on changing

Ricky Williams: People are let down when I turn down weed

Joe Maddon opts out of contract with Rays

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Randall Cobb: Contract situation played role in slow start

Notre Dame WR faces discipline if he hooked up with porn star?

PGA president calls Ian Poulter ‘lil girl’ for Nick Faldo comments

Belichick declines to address Revis' reported tardiness

Texas mayor delays Halloween for Friday night football game

C-USA hired PR firm to help Marshall’s playoff chances

WATCH: American flag rips during Game 3 national anthem

WATCH: Tony Parker draws foul by simply yelling 'hey'

Video: Tom Izzo takes the stage with KISS on Midnight Madness

Eight NFL records that won’t be broken for a long time

Big trouble for Bruins: Chara out 4-6 weeks, possibly more

Blazers, Seahawks owner Paul Allen gives $100M to fight ebola

'FIFA 15' glitch turns goalie into headless giant with no arms

WATCH: HBO releases trailer of 'The Offseason: Kevin Durant'

Broncos corner snags INT, then takes pregnant wife to hospital

Gurley dressed up as a pirate for Halloween, yelled, 'Free me'

What the return of Luis Suarez means for Barcelona

Nick Saban pens touching letter after high school coach dies

Buckeyes News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Trouble for Bruins: Chara out 4-6 weeks

Joe Maddon opts out of contract with Rays

NBA Replay Center debuts next week

World Series win = Giants dynasty?

Reliving the worst college football game of the last 10 years

NFL teams facing must-win scenarios in Week 8

What the return of Luis Suarez means for Barcelona

Programs with a lot on the line this week

Wilson denies rumored Harvin rift

Lakers: Steve Nash out for season

Is Mack Brown SMU's best option?

Are sports leagues finally getting serious about domestic violence?

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.