Ohio State football 2022 black stripe removal tracker

It has become a right of passage of sorts ever since former Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer brought the tradition to the banks of the Olentangy. Once a Buckeye newcomer shows that he has done everything effort and culture-wise to be considered a part of the program, he is “officially” considered a part of the team and has the black tape removed to reveal the scarlet stripe down the middle of the helmet.

Every time it occurs, the Ohio State football team announces it on Twitter and the player says a few words to his teammates in a very brief ceremony. It’s a big deal though, and a lot of times the players that have their black stripe removed the earliest go on to become the stars of tomorrow.

We’ve already seen quite a few OSU newcomers (freshmen and transfers), be awarded with the removal of their black stripe, and we’re keeping track of them all in our tracker. Here is a real-time look at each Ohio State football newcomer that sheds their black stripe, the video of it, and when it occurred all the way from spring through fall camp 2022 — and beyond.

Tanner McCalister, Defensive Back (transfer)

The Details

Article | Tanner McCalister
Date of removal | March 28
Class | Graduate Senior
247Sports Composite Rankings | No. 57 CB, No. 618 overall

Kye Stokes, Defensive Back (early enrollee freshman)

The Details

Article | Kye Stokes
Date of removal | April 8
Class | Freshman
247Sports Composite Rankings | No. 16 ATH, No. 357 overall

Caden Curry, Defensive End (early enrollee freshman)

The Details

Article | Caden Curry
Date of removal | April 11
Class | Freshman
247Sports Composite Rankings | No. 13 EDGE, No. 123 overall

Chip Trayanum, Linebacker (transfer)

The Details

Article | Chip Trayanum
Date of removal | Aug. 9
Class | Junior
247Sports Composite Rankings | No. 23 RB, No. 285 overall

Jyaire Brown, defensive back (early enrollee freshman)

The Details

Article | Jyaire Brown
Date of removal | Aug. 9
Class | Freshman
247Sports Composite Rankings | No. 24 CB, No. 192 overall

C.J. Hicks, Linebacker (early enrollee freshman)

The Details

Article | C.J. Hicks
Date of removal | Aug. 13
Class | Freshman
247Sports Composite Rankings | No. 1 LB, No. 7 overall

Zak Herbstreit, Tight End (preferred walk-on)

The Details

Article | Zak Herbstreit
Date of removal | Aug. 17
Class | Sophomore
247Sports Composite Rankings | No. 1 LB, No. 7 overall

Kaleb Brown, Wide Receiver (summer enrollee freshman)

The Details

Article | Kaleb Brown
Date of removal | Aug. 17
Class | Freshman
247Sports Composite Rankings | No. 13 WR, No. 78 overall

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