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Master Teague, Jeremy Ruckert Have Black Stripes Removed

Master Teague Ohio State Football Buckeyes

Defensive end Tyreke Smith got the ball rolling after Saturday’s final Ohio State football scrimmage of fall camp, but he was not the only freshman to have his black stripe removed.

Joining Smith were running back Master Teague and tight end Jeremy Ruckert.

Teague and Ruckert are the 13th and 14th Buckeyes to have their black stripes removed this year and be officially welcomed to the football team.

Teague enrolled this winter and took part in spring practice where he impressed everybody. His presence was also seemingly part of the reason Antonio Williams transferred to North Carolina.

“He’s a pretty big kid isn’t he?” running backs coach Tony Alford said of Teague back in the spring. “He did some good things. He’s just got to learn how to finish plays and the terminology we use – 4 to 6, A to B – and strain to finish every single snap. I know he’s been here a semester, but in all reality, he’s played football for two weeks – 15 days with actual bullets flying. He’s going to be okay. He’s going to be fine. He had a good spring. I’m happy with where he is at. We’ve got to still keep going.”

In the video above, OSU staffer Ryan Stamper can be heard saying that they wanted to see some burst from Teague, and they got that these past two days.

Ruckert, meanwhile, was a summer enrollee, but that never once diminished the expectations for arguably the best tight end recruit in the nation.

Seen as more of a pass catcher than blocker at this point, strength and toughness were going to be key during camp. In the video above, Stamper said the coaches wanted to see some toughness out of Ruckert, and clearly they did during Saturday’s scrimmage.

There are now 17 members of the 2018 recruiting class still holding onto their black stripes.

They are QB Matthew Baldwin*, WR Kamryn Babb (inj.), CB Sevyn Banks*, CB Cameron Brown, DE Tyler Friday, HB Jaelen Gill, SAF Marcus Hooker, DT Antwuan Jackson*, DE Javontae Jean-Baptiste, CB Tyreke Johnson*, C Matthew Jones*, OT Nicholas Petit-Frere, LB K’Vaughan Pope, SAF Josh Proctor, WR Blue Smith, DE Alex Williams, and OT Max Wray*.

* signifies early enrollee


Black Stripe Chart

March 30 – DL Aaron Cox (walk-on)
March 30 – WR De’Shawn White (walk-on)
April 11 – DT Tommy Togiai
August 8 – LB Dallas Gant
August 9 – TE Tate Duarte (walk-on)
August 9 – LB Teradja Mitchell
August 11 – RB Brian Snead
August 11 – QB Kory Curtis (walk-on)
August 11 – DT Taron Vincent
August 13 – WR Chris Olave
August 15 – RB Amari McMahon (walk-on)
August 18 – DE Tyreke Smith
August 18 – RB Master Teague
August 18 – TE Jeremy Ruckert