The Ohio State football team held its final preseason scrimmage Saturday morning. After the practice ended inside Ohio Stadium, another Buckeye officially joined the team.
Redshirt freshman defensive tackle Zaid Hamdan lost his black stripe.
The black helmet stripe signifies that a new player has not yet done enough, both on and off the field, to be considered an official member of the team.
Hamdan chose to walk on at Ohio State in 2018 instead of taking a scholarship offer from Buffalo, Army, Navy, or Air Force.
He played his high school ball at William Mason High near Cincinnati.
Hamdan recorded 45 tackles, 5.5 sacks and a forced fumble as a high school senior, and was honored as an all-conference, all-region and all-Ohio player in both his junior and senior years at Mason.
Hamdan missed significant time during his first season with a leg injury. He was riding around on knee scooter for several weeks.
Now that he is healthy and back on the field again, he has impressed defensive line coach Larry Johnson and the rest of the OSU coaching staff.
Hamdan is the 12th member of the team to lose his black stripe since fall camp opened. There is a complete list of 2018 stripe changes at the bottom of this post.
You can watch the video announcing the news below.
— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) August 24, 2019
Black Stripe Chart
DT Zaid Hamdan — August 24