The First Freshman To Have His Black Stripe Removed Is ...

The First Freshman To Have His Black Stripe Removed Is ...

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The First Freshman To Have His Black Stripe Removed Is ...


It’s a tradition at Ohio State that freshman have to earn their stripes — or earn getting them taken off that is. It’s a big deal when it happens, and we have our first freshman to have his black stripe removed.


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The First Freshman To Have His Black Stripe Removed Is …

If you follow Ohio State football, then you know about the black stripe tradition of freshman. In short, all freshman that enter the program have a black stripe on their helmet that covers up the usual red piping that runs down the middle of the silver helmet.

It’s been that way since Urban Meyer took over in Columbus, and it’s a pretty big deal when one of the freshman get to have that black stripe removed because they’ve earned a right to be a Buckeye.

So, it’s a pretty cool thing for defensive-lineman Tommy Togiai to be the first freshman this year to have the black stripe removed. He will forever be knows as the first in the freshman class of 2018.

Togiai is a four-star 6-3, 290 lb. defensive lineman that was the first ever recruit to come out of Idaho, and he came to Columbus as an early enrollee. There’s good reason why the coaching staff looked out West to bring in the No. 55 overall and No. 3 rated defensive lineman in the class, and he’s showing us why.

When asked about Togiai having the black stripe removed during the Big Ten Coaches’ Spring Teleconference yesterday, Meyer had some glowing remarks about the work ethic, classroom effort and person that Togiai is. “He’s a great, great guy to have on the team,” said Meyer.

Maybe defensive line coach Larry Johnson and Meyer knew something when they jumped for joy when Togiai informed them that he was pledging to OSU during an in home visit late in 2017. If you don’t remember that video, we’ll remind you of it.

Turn the sound up, it’s worth it.

We could be seeing a lot of Tommy Togiai over the next few years.

 

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