Scarlet Saturday: Three Buckeyes Lose Black Stripes

Ohio State football Taron Vincent Brian Snead Kory Curtis

Three players officially became members in good standing of the Ohio State football program on Saturday.

Freshman defensive tackle Taron Vincent, freshman running back Brian Snead, and sophomore walk-on quarterback Kory Curtis all lost their black stripes during the Buckeyes’ practice.

The program announced the removals in an Instagram Story.

Vincent was a 5-star recruit out of Florida’s IMG Academy. The son of former NFL standout Troy Vincent, he ranked as the top defensive tackle in the 2018 recruiting class and the No. 20 player in the class overall.

Snead was a 4-star recruit out of Armwood High School in Florida. He was considered the 3rd-best running back in the 2018 class and No. 80 player overall.

Like the other two players, Curtis played his high school football in the Sunshine State. He was three-year starter for Island Coast High School, who chose to walk on at Ohio State. He did not see any action as a freshman in 2017.

In all, nine players have lost their black stripes since the start of spring football.

Linebacker Teradja Mitchell and walk-on tight end Tate Duarte lost theirs just two days earlier.

Linebacker Dallas Gant was the first player to make the switch this fall when he went from black to scarlet on Wednesday.

Defensive tackle Tommy Togiai was the first member of the 2018 class to lose his black stripe. That happened back in April.

Before that, it was a pair of walk-ons, defensive lineman Aaron Cox and wide receiver De’Shawn White.

This is a tradition that came to Ohio State along with Urban Meyer before the 2012 season. Every new player who joins the team, whether on scholarship or as a walk-on, starts his career with a black stripe on his helmet.

When the coaching staff feels he has done enough to officially become a member of the program, that stripe is removed and he has a scarlet stripe on his helmet like the rest of the team.

Later in the day, the Buckeyes shared congratulatory tweets to each player.




3 Responses

  1. Snead loses his ahead of Master Teague? Guess the RB room is gonna be even more crowded this season. Heckuva “problem” to have 🙂

  2. Cory Curtis is a class act. He comes from a strong family. He is not afraid to work hard and if truth was told he out-threw Cardale Jones in a passing contest. This young man can throw over 80 yeards accurately. Way to go Cory!

  3. A sophomore walk-on QB lost his black stripe you say? That means we’re getting deeper at quarterback.

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