In a press release regarding Ohio State's fifth day of practices for the fall 2013 camp, an OSU spokesperson unveiled a surprise regarding the first freshman/newcomer to lose their black stripe this season. The black stripe, which all frosh and newbies must don until they've earned the right to be considered a "full member" of the Ohio State football team, is a tradition that head coach Urban Meyer and his staff began last year.
Of course last season, defensive back Devan Bogard was the first to receive the honor of losing his respective stripe. And while many pegged one of OSU's five early enrollees (or perhaps a physically advanced player who could see the field early like Dontre Wilson) as the most likely to claim the feat this year, recently added to the roster preferred walk-on Joe Ramstetter from Cincinnati Elder receives the honor for this season.
Ramstetter, who checks in at 6-3 and 200 pounds, had 51 receptions for 1,005 yards and 15 touchdowns on the year last season. He was also first-team all-GCL South. You have to think Ohio State special teams coordinator/cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs and his Cincinnati ties had something to do with Ramstetter having the opportunity to join the Buckeyes this fall.
Here's a particularly impressive catch Ramstetter made last season:
- Ohio State confirmed freshman safety Jayme Thompson's ankle injury and subsequent surgery is expected to keep him out indefinitely.
- Walk-on Khaleed Franklin from Beechcroft High School in Columbus will replace Thompson on Ohio State's 105-man roster.
- Senior guard Andrew Norwell is only expected to miss a few days after suffering a foot sprain during Wednesday's practice.