Ramstetter is First Freshman to Lose Black Stripe

By Jason Priestas on August 8, 2013 at 3:19p
Preferred walk-on Joe Ramstetter is the first to lose his black stripe.

Ohio State practiced in full pads today, a day before two-a-day sessions begin, and one freshman saw his black stripe removed at the end of a day. The honor went to walk-on Joe Ramstetter, a 6-foot-3, 205-pound wide receiver from Elder High School in Cincinnati. Ramstetter's "big brother" in the program is fellow wide receiver Michael Thomas.

Last year, defensive back Devan Bogard was the first freshman to have his stripe removed, signaling he had completed the work to become a true Buckeye, and many felt one of the more hyped freshmen, like Dontre Wilson or Joey Bosa, would be the first to lose his stripe in 2013, but Urban Meyer decided to reward a guy that's worked just as hard as the 5-star commitments (if not harder).

In other practice news, left guard Andrew Norwell, who suffered a foot sprain Wednesday, is expected to be out for only a couple of days, while freshman safety Jayme Thompson, who broke his ankle Wednesday, is out indefinitely. Thompson had surgery this morning at the OSU Medical Center. Freshman Khaleed Franklin from Columbus' Beechcroft High School, will replace Thompson on the 105-man roster.

The team will relocate to Ackerman Road Field for eight days of practice and team-building tomorrow.


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OSUBias's picture

I love the subtitle. We were all thinking it. Who?!?!

7 yards and a cloud of dust is a beautiful thing

bigbadbuck's picture

Just shows Urban is about who works the hardest not who's got the most stars or the biggest build up......Congrats to Joe!!!.Go Bucks!!!!!

Gentlemen, you can't fight in here, its a war room

3GB's picture

Last year's WR corps in preseason:  "Clown Show"
This year:  Improvement across the board. Even a walk-on freshman receiver is balling.
Nice job Joe!

ColerainBuckeye33's picture

Joe Ramstetter put up over 1000 yards and like 15 TDs last year down here in Cincy in the GCL one of the toughest divisions in the state if not the Midwest. Glad to see him get his name out there.

A wise man once said "success is not final and failure is not fatal"

bigbadbuck's picture

How did this comment get a down vote?   I smell a troll!!!!

Gentlemen, you can't fight in here, its a war room

1967Buck's picture

  Very happy for this kid. Good job young man, keep it up. Go Bucks.

toad1204's picture

Competition...  I love it.  Now they will start pushing the freshman harder if a walk-on was the first. 

Nothing like dancing on the field in 02... 

Poison nuts's picture

Yep...I'm sure this young man earned this, but it also serves as a motivational tactic for the more well known guys. Good move.

"Do not pass me, just slow down - I can move right through you" Superchunk - Precision Auto.

CincyBuckeye04's picture

I guessed Billy Price on the other thread and was way off. Lo and behold, a young man that went to my High School takes the honor. Happy for a fellow Panther! Congrats Joe!

Buckeye06's picture

I said Sprinkle but did mention it would likely be one of the guys no one thought b/c Meyer loves to motivate

Denny's picture

Scrappy. Hard-nosed. Blue-collar. Etc.


gwalther's picture

Haha. I see what you did there. He also has good hands, and is a great possession receiver...

Class of 2008

cinserious's picture

Don't forget he has 'sneaky-speed'.

One day I will valiantly become a political prisoner of 11W jail.

Earle's picture

OK, who had Ramstetter in the pool?

Snarkies gonna snark. 

USMC11917's picture

Whomever it is, face it-aint more than one guy, I would like to give my entire life's savings to invest for me.

SaltyD0gg's picture

No one.

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Pain of Regret

Take Your Pick

Earle's picture

It was a rhet...oh, nevermind.

Snarkies gonna snark. 

Hovenaut's picture

Way to go Joe.

I'm sure he very much deserved it, but wonder if Urban is employing some of that psychological know-how to the name guys in the WR corps....

brandonbauer87's picture

My first impression was that it was a message to all the freshman. A little de-recruiting. 

osubuck57's picture

Nice to see a walk-on get that type of recognition!! Way to go Joe!!


ih8rolltyde's picture

If any among us believe Urbz isn't utilizing that Psych degree to benefit this football team... well, exhibit X11. That man knows what the hell he is doing. What do you do with one of the most ballyhooed classes in program history? Show them how a walk-on is outworking them. Brilliant. Urban is building a monster. 

****igan smells like old water that hot dogs were boiled in.  FACT

Chilimac419's picture

I absolutely agree with you. And here is +1    

ih8rolltyde's picture

great minds hove.....

****igan smells like old water that hot dogs were boiled in.  FACT

Hovenaut's picture


Just glad the guy in charge is the guy in charge....

nfischer's picture

Other coaches may have had the team vote (I'll mention no names) ... So glad Urban is a true leader/motivator.

Maestro's picture

Yo, Joe!!

vacuuming sucks

BKLYN_Buckeye's picture

Du Hast.
Du Hast Mich.

MN Buckeye's picture

Congratulations, JRam! I do not recall hearing your name until today, and I hope this is not the last time your name gets called here in a positive way.
As for Urban, maybe Thomas really made the case for him, maybe it was Urban motivating. I like the idea of walk-on Joe getting some props.

Ramzy Nasrallah's picture

I approve of this kid's name.

cajunbuckeye's picture

I knew that there was no chance Urban was going to allow me to win the Black Stripe Game.

An angry fan...rooting for an angry team...led by angry coaches

oh_dad55's picture

It seems to me that we have at least half a dozen "preferred walk-ons" who had impressive credentials from high school.  They chose to come to Ohio State when they could have gotten a full ride somewhere else.  It's good to see them get recognition for their character and ability.  Go Bucks!


causeicouldntgo43's picture

Hollywood will change the name to "Ramjetter" in the movie version of the "Black Stripe Diaries".....

buckeye_heart's picture

Sounds like this could be one of Urban's derecruiting tools. Showing those top recruits that some walk on is out performing you and you may not be as good as you thought you were. But congrats to Ramstetter on his accomplishment.

Urban Nation Army's picture


Bet you can't say "Bert Bielma is a bumbling buffoon" five times fast.

EDUGOON's picture

Urb's is the supreme mind manipulator!!! I love it...GOBUCKS

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buck-I.8's picture

I mean I hope so because there's nothing else you can do with a psych degree. KAPOW

MotownBuck's picture

Long tall receiver. With decent wheels. Congrats to the kid. Great honor to be recognized for your work.

Trotwood-Madison. Once a Ram, Always a Ram.

unholy bucknut's picture

Never heard of the kid but congrats anyways. No one winning the black stripe game this year.

cinserious's picture

It's Uban's way of keeping us Buckeye fans from getting too full of ourselves. None of us are worthy of winning the Black stripe game. Congrats Joe.

One day I will valiantly become a political prisoner of 11W jail.

Northbrook's picture

Way to go Joe! Keep up the effort - we are rooting for you.

northcampus's picture

A Cincinnati kid making a splash! The "we never get anyone from Cincy" and "Cincy might as well be in Kentucky" crowd on this site obviously didn't see this coming.  In a few more months, Diesel Washington will end up as the defensive MVP on this team. Cincinnati's fingerprints are over this squad!

741's picture

My name is Ramstetter, und now is the time on Sprockets ven ve dance.

TheHumbleBuckeye's picture

Vould you like to touch my monkey?

ODEEZ330's picture

Kid is legit. Reminds me of riley cooper minus the racism.

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irishfury's picture

Commenting here so when I hit 100 buckeye leafs I can upvote this majestic post.

MN Buckeye's picture

Done for you, IF.

Gametime's picture

IRISHFURY, you're at 111 bro! Log Out and Log In!!!

Between goals and achievement is discipline and consistency. That fire you have inside to do whatever you love is placed there by God. Now go claim it. ~ Denzel Washington

irishfury's picture

An irish man always pays his debts.  Your upvote has been given :)

GR8TBUCKS's picture

I took the rest of the field with Woody's AYO's-all you others, does that count for anything? lol


osubuckeye4life's picture

Congrats Joe!!! Hard and dedication pays off!
Urbz is working his magic once again. It will be interested to see who is number two.

KingsRite's picture

Talk about a sleeper! Congrats Joe!

“I have yet to be in a game where luck was involved. Well-prepared players make plays. I have yet to be in a game where the most prepared team didn't win.” -Urban Meyer-

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

I figured with all the positive attention Wilson was getting that it would be him.  Of course it'll happen eventually for him...good to see a less heralded recruit doin' WORK.

Class of 2010.

SoDakBuckeyeFan's picture

Oh man I knew I should have gone with him in the pool. And if you'll buy that I got some oceanfront property in South Dakota for sale. 


buck-I.8's picture

Judging by your username, you are a South Dakotan yourself, and perhaps one of three to ever get internet access, so I'll believe pretty much anything you tell me about that barren uncharted territory.

Knarcisi's picture

Love it. Meyer gives it for heart. Shows something to the big time recruits. 

SoDakBuckeyeFan's picture

You got it man. The other four people hope to get Internet soon though. 


CC's picture

Just think about this for a minute.  You have 23+ guys who were all-everything (literally) and the guy who gets his stripe removed first is a walk on.
Props to Joe.  Nebraska won a lot of NC's with guys like Joe.

ChazBuckeye's picture

Intersting...guess that whole thread made for "who's going to lose their black stripe first" is about as worthless as an a-hole right here.


Some people think we’re the hunted.I don’t feel that way at all.We’re the hunter.Everybody wants an angry football team.Everybody wants a team on edge and a hungry team.If you’re a hunter,that usually equates to being hungry.

BuckeyeFreak4844's picture

Im guessing we will se a few more freshman lose the stripe here in the next few days.  But congrats to this kid way to go out and give it your all no matter what your star level is!

Michigan Sucks!

hardkorethree's picture

Congrats to Joe! Keep working hard!

Mirror Lake Jump's picture

Took the words right out of my mouth.

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XUbuckeye's picture

His former position coach is in my class right now, said he's a really hardworking kid (goes without saying). He also said he was nerve wracking talking to Urban about him personally when OSU was trying to get him in as a preferred walk on. It really is a small world. Gotta love breaking down the wall to Cincy! Go Bucks!

"So when you get knocked on your butt, get up, get over it, and then next time, kick their ass." - Woody Hayes 

captain obvious's picture

Can we put 20lbs on him and make him a linebacker?
Just saying

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dubjayfootball90's picture

great to hear. Hope he continues the success and becomes a household name

You can feed a bobcat all the chili it wants. That don't mean it's going to crap out diamonds.

Armybuck925's picture

This kid is the epitome of what it means to be a Buckeye...willing to work his tail of for the sake of getting better. I sure hope he is a preferred walk-on and gets rewarded with a scholarship for his efforts!!!