Curtis Samuel and Raekwon McMillan Become First Freshmen to Lose Their Black Stripes in 2014

By DJ Byrnes on August 10, 2014 at 8:11p
48 Comments

Last year, walk-on receiver Joe Ramstetter became the first freshman to lose his black stripe and officially join the ranks of The Ohio State University football team.

This year the first inductees come as much less of a shock: running back Curtis Samuel and linebacker Raekwon McMillan.

Samuel and McMillan enrolled at Ohio State in January, and Urban Meyer has been effusive in his praise of the two freshmen standouts since their arrival. Both will see sizable chunks of playing time this fall.

(As to what this does to the 11W Black Stripe Game, I'll defer to the pool's overlord, BassDropper.)

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TheBadOwl's picture

Well deserved. After hearing what Urban's been saying about Samuel (and what his old high school coach said about him in a few interviews last year), I'm expecting huge things. I know Zeke is going to be very good, but I honestly think that Curtis Samuel is going to be the next great Buckeye. Reggie Bush levels of playmaking ability.

When I walked in this morning and saw the flag was at half mast I thought, "Alright, another bureaucrat ate it." but then I saw it was Li'l Sebastian. Half mast is too high. Show some damn respect.

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jonping67's picture

I like this comparison better.

Reggie Bush Robert Smith levels of play making ability.

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OSUBias's picture

I understand the homerism, but I'd much rather have a Reggie Bush level playmaker than Robert Smith. Bush was one if the most electric players I've ever seen. Smith was a good, could have been great under better circumstances, player. 

Shitter's full

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buckeyecityterror's picture

Two great kids. Future looks bright.

If there is no struggle, there is no progress.

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CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

This doesn't surprise me at all.  Especially Raekwon.  That picture of him going to camp would put fear in the hearts of most running backs.  Dude is a beast!!

Good job guys!

Go Bucks!!

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ITWASME's picture
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cinserious's picture

Dammit, I wan't to meet a girl that looks just like J-Law and date her! Dammit, I would pretend its really her!

Life's daily struggle is choosing between saying F--ck-it, or soldiering on with your responsibilities.  

gumtape's picture

Congrats to the Chef!

just another psycho, irrational, delusional Ohio St fan

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Habu71's picture

I believe 9Route is the winner of the Black Stripe game with his guess of Samuel, Dixon, Webb, McMillan, Samuel, Samuel, McMillan, Cybil, Batman Symbol. 

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jonping67's picture

That's 50% of the freshman class, not fair.

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osupolo's picture

I thought it was going to be Cybil too. Darn, maybe next year

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KingsRite's picture

“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-

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Buckeyeholicwompa's picture
Aaaaand off come the black stripes!!
 
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cinserious's picture

But what about the White Stripes?

ws

Life's daily struggle is choosing between saying F--ck-it, or soldiering on with your responsibilities.  

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ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

Seems like a lot of people want them gone, too, hahaha

Class of 2010.

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FitzBuck's picture
So do we reset the pool for who's going to be number three?  

If we are I'm going with our German Kicker who I want to be called......,..

Fitzbuck | Toledo - Ohio's right armpit | "A troll by any other name is still a troll".

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DJ Byrnes's picture

ill get behind this

Californian by birth, Marionaire by the Grace of President Warren G. Harding.

MikeEagleBuckeye's picture

I'm sure my high school German teacher would like me to point out that in German, Boot means Boat, but then I would be a partypooper and that ain't my style.  I can get behind this as well.

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MDBUCK's picture

I will now definitely be yelling "das boot!" every time he comes in. I'm sure my girlfriend will love that.

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FitzBuck's picture

Thanks guys you just got me fired up.  It's no "El Guapo" but it's fitting.

Fitzbuck | Toledo - Ohio's right armpit | "A troll by any other name is still a troll".

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robobuck's picture

the downvote troll has left his mom's basement, beware

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it.  1 Corinthians 9:24

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FitzBuck's picture

I'm followed by him all day and night.  It's best not to feed him.

Fitzbuck | Toledo - Ohio's right armpit | "A troll by any other name is still a troll".

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Soggy_McMuffin's picture

Perfect! Das Boot!

Gooz-fra-bah...

dubjayfootball90's picture

Awesome news. Great to hear. Real excited for these two, and the rest of the class, of course.

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

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Hovenaut's picture

I voted for Sean Neurnberger, happily disappointed to read that a running back and linebacker have stepped up first instead.

It's going to be a great season.

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osupolo's picture

Great to see two guys get their black stripes removed this quickly.  Also great to see some of the highly publicized recruits get theirs off so soon. They must have given Meyer the  psychological motivator no choice but to not remove the black stripe from a virtually unknown walk on. Well done fellas. Now you're officially Buckeyes.

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ODEEZ330's picture

Great to see 2 5 stars be first

O'Deez330
stark county football

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Sims_tOSU's picture

Dixon or Neurnberger gotta be next right?

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whiskeyjuice's picture

All the signs are pointing to a good year of football.

"You'll find out that nothing that comes easy is worth a dime. As a matter of fact, I never saw a football player make a tackle with a smile on his face." -- Wayne Woodrow Hayes

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1967Buck's picture

 Very happy for both of them. Upvoted all who picked them. Peace.

MN Buckeye's picture

That was quick! I expect that this freshman class will lose black stripes at the fastest rate yet.

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Rob Reese's picture

"All I have known at Michigan is failure.  That's all I know." - Taylor Lewan

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cinserious's picture

Left spaz or right spaz?

I'm leaning left.

Life's daily struggle is choosing between saying F--ck-it, or soldiering on with your responsibilities.  

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Rob Reese's picture

Right, all the way.  Shelf looks to be a little bare on left.

"All I have known at Michigan is failure.  That's all I know." - Taylor Lewan

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buckeyedude's picture

They're easier to train that way.

 

 

SOF_Buckeye's picture

I never lean left...in fact, I make 3 right turns when left is the direction needed to go...

But in the case of the spaz's...hmmm

"The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender." Woody Hayes

FROMTHE18's picture

Johnnie Dixon seems like the next likely candidate. Ill go with him, but wouldn't be surprised if Urban did a little mind trick and chose a walk-on. 

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SOF_Buckeye's picture

18...I'm following you on this; there seems to be a trend here (early enrollees), and who gets the press. Plus, my initial pick (Dylan) is on crutches in the photo.

"The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender." Woody Hayes

hit_the_couch's picture

I don't know what the requirements are to lose the helmet stripe, but something tells me that they weren't gonna be released if they didn't meet the requirement to lose the stripe.

*edit ...Forgot to say good deal on losing the stripes. So distracted these days by all the amazing articles on this site, thanks guys!

And then I told her...i'm no weatherman, but tonight's forecast is calling for several inches!

Run_Fido_Run's picture

Technically, Urban removed Samuel's black stripe, whereas Raekwon's black stripe ran off in the middle of the night.

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BCKIIS's picture

Please = Bush nearly put the USC football program away for good.  Robert is classy dude as well as playmaker

cdub4's picture

Maybe you are too young, but Smith 's OSU career wasn't exactly smooth sailing LOL.

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TheBadOwl's picture

I wouldn't say that Bush was at fault there as much as USC was. But I obviously wasn't talking about off-the-field. Curtis, by all accounts, is a class act.

When I walked in this morning and saw the flag was at half mast I thought, "Alright, another bureaucrat ate it." but then I saw it was Li'l Sebastian. Half mast is too high. Show some damn respect.

TheBadOwl's picture

Looks like Slade is #3

When I walked in this morning and saw the flag was at half mast I thought, "Alright, another bureaucrat ate it." but then I saw it was Li'l Sebastian. Half mast is too high. Show some damn respect.

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BenArazi4's picture

Raekwon reminds me of Jonathan Vilma, his focus, tenacity, and work ethic will make him into a great leader.  Oh and he hits like a truck, Samuel's ability is scary.  Dontre and Samuel will shake and bake our way into the National Championship where we will destroy the evil Tide forces with a vengeance and fury that will shake the globe.

 

 

 

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