During the huddle, the Buckeyes announced that three players — tight end Jelani Thurman, safety Malik Hartford and running back Chase Brecht — had their black stripes removed.
Friday was Ohio State’s 11th spring practise, and it was the last one. The last hour of practise was open to the public, and you can read Bucknuts’ story on the practise here.
At the end of practise, head coach Ryan Day gathered the team near one endzone to give them one last word before sending them home for the weekend. During the meeting, the Buckeyes told everyone that three players had their black stripes taken off: tight end Jelani Thurman, safety Malik Hartford, and running back Chase Brecht.
This black-stripe custom started when Urban Meyer was the head coach of Ohio State. Before the 2012 season, he took over the Scarlet and Grey after being the head coach at Florida. The idea behind the practise was that a new player had to earn the right to be called a Buckeye.
So, when he gets to school, a black stripe is put on his helmet until he has done enough to earn his spot on the team in the eyes of the coaches. When Ryan Day took over as head coach of the team before the 2019 season, he kept the practise going.
Thurman was a four-star talent when he graduated from Fairburn, Georgia’s Langston Hughes High School. The 247Sports Composite placed him as the third-best tight end, the fifth-best player in Georgia, and the 104th-best player in the country as a whole.
Thurman said he would go to Ohio State on July 17, 2022, even though Alabama, Auburn, Michigan State, and other schools offered him scholarships.
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