Which Ohio State football freshmen have lost their black helmet stripes?

Joey Kaufman
Buckeye Xtra
The helmets of Ohio State football players, as seen before the Big Ten championship game in 2017. [Barbara J. Perenic/Dispatch]

Ohio State freshmen began shedding their black stripes in spring practice.

Since Urban Meyer took over the program in 2012 and was succeeded by Ryan Day two years ago, the team has required newcomers to shed a black stripe on their helmets. Once removed, they are considered to be officially Buckeyes.

"The black stripe is a symbol of buying in to the program and conducting yourself the right way on and off the field," read a description of the preseason ritual posted on Ohio State’s website last fall. "Having the black stripe removed is a notable distinction and a cause for celebration."

Follow along here for updates on which members of the Buckeyes’ 2021 freshman class have seen their black stripes removed: 

  • WR Marvin Harrison Jr.: April 6
  • DE Jack Sawyer: April 6
  • RB TreVeyon Henderson: April 10
  • WR Emeka Egbuka: April 13
  • LB Reid Carrico: April 13
  • CB Denzel Burke: Aug. 7
  • QB Kyle McCord: Aug. 12
  • P Jesse Mirco: Aug. 13
  • DE J.T. Tuimoloau: Aug. 14
  • RB Evan Pryor: Aug. 14
  • OL Donovan Jackson: Aug. 20
  • CB Jordan Hancock: Aug. 20
  • S Jantzen Dunn: Aug. 20
  • WR Jayden Ballard: Sept. 8
  • DT Tyleik Williams: Sept. 15
  • Safety Andre Turrentine: Sept. 15

Seve other freshmen are awaiting their black stripe removal.