Ohio State football quarterback Kyle McCord loses black stripe

Joey Kaufman
The Columbus Dispatch
Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Kyle McCord has done enough in training camp to have his black stripe removed, making him a full-fledged member of the team.

Quarterback Kyle McCord became the seventh member of Ohio State’s freshman class of 2021 to lose his black stripe.

He reached the milestone following practice Thursday and addressed teammates, as seen in a video posted on the team’s official Twitter account.

“It's a blessing to be here and be a part of the brotherhood,” McCord said. “Shoutout to the defense for pushing me every single day, offensive line protecting me, Zone 6 (wide receivers) doing your thing, Tote Nation (running backs) helping me out. So shoutout to the unit. Go Bucks.”

In a ritual carried over from former coach Urban Meyer's tenure, freshmen and other newcomers to the program have black stripes placed along the center of their helmets. To officially become Buckeyes, they must shed the stripe in favor of the traditional scarlet one.

McCord, a five-star recruit from Philadelphia who enrolled in the university in January, remains in a preseason camp competition with redshirt freshmen Jack Miller and C.J. Stroud for the starting quarterback job.

Coach Ryan Day said on Monday that there is no frontrunner in the competition, though the staff might “have a really good feel” by the end of this weekend. An intrasquad scrimmage is scheduled for Saturday.