Ohio State freshman quarterback Devin Brown had his black stripe removed following practice Wednesday evening. He became the second freshman quarterback to lose his black stripe for the Buckeyes this year.
All newcomers into the OSU football program have a black stripe placed down the middle of their helmets when they arrive. The removal of the stripe indicates that a player has done enough in practice to warrant being a full-fledged Buckeye.
Brown is now the 13th Ohio State scholarship freshman to have his stripe removed and the 20th Buckeye overall.
Brown has played in two games this season, but has yet to throw a pass. Only four true freshman quarterbacks have thrown passes for Ohio State over the past 25 years.
As a high school senior last year at Corner Canyon High School in Draper, Utah, Brown threw for 4,881 yards and 57 touchdowns. He also added 430 yards rushing and another eight scores.
Brown was the No. 1 overall recruit in the 2022 recruiting class per On3.
The first Buckeye to lose his black stripe on Wednesday, however, was true freshman kicker Jayden Fielding.
Fielding is not on scholarship but has been handling the kickoff duties for the Buckeyes. He has kicked the ball off 41 times and has 19 touchbacks. Only 12 of his kicks have been returned this season.
Eight freshmen are still waiting to have their black stripes removed.
Black Stripes Lost
SAF Tanner McCalister (transfer) – March 28
SAF Kye Stokes – April 8
DE Caden Curry – April 11
LB Chip Trayanum – (transfer) August 9
CB Jyaire Brown – August 9
LB CJ Hicks – August 13
TE Zak Herbstreit (second-year walk-on) – August 17
WR Kaleb Brown – August 17
WR Kyion Grayes – August 20
RB Dallan Hayden – August 20
WR Joop Mitchell (second-year walk-on) – August 20
DE Kenyatta Jackson – August 20
SAF Sonny Styles – August 30
RB TC Caffey (freshman walk-on) – September 14
WR Kojo Antwi – September 14
QB Mason Maggs (freshman walk-on) – September 14
CB Ryan Turner – September 21
DT Hero Kanu – September 21
K Jayden Fielding (freshman walk-on) – October 5
QB Devin Brown – October 5
Freshmen Still Waiting
LB Gabe Powers | WR Caleb Burton | OL George Fitzpatrick
TE Bennett Christian| DE Omari Abor | OL Tegra Tshabola
OL Carson Hinzman | OL Avery Henry