Justin Fields is now "officially" a Buckeye.
The Buckeyes' new quarterback had his black stripe removed following Ohio State's sixth practice of the spring on Monday, signifying that he has proven he belongs on the team.
Fields is currently competing with Matthew Baldwin to be Ohio State's starting quarterback this season. He has taken nearly all of the first-team repetitions in practices that have been open to the media, though Ohio State head coach Ryan Day said Saturday that Baldwin has been getting first-team reps, too.
Darryl Sinclair, a walk-on cornerback, also lost his black stripe on Monday. A native of Solon, Ohio, Sinclair began his Ohio State career as a wide receiver but has since moved to the defensive side of the ball. According to the video Ohio State posted announcing his stripe removal, Sinclair had two interceptions in Monday's practice.
Fields and Sinclair are the fourth and fifth Buckeyes to lose their black stripes this spring, joining walk-on linebackers Logan Hittle, Cade Kacherski and Ben Schmiesing.
All of those players were already on the team last year, so Fields is the first new member of the team to lose his black stripe this spring. Previous newcomers who have lost their black stripes during spring practices include Austin Mack in 2016, Kendall Sheffield in 2017 and Tommy Togiai in 2018.
|NAME||POSITION||YEAR||DATE OF REMOVAL|
|LOGAN HITTLE||LB||SR||MARCH 21|
|CADE KACHERSKI||LB||SO||MARCH 21|
|BEN SCHMIESING||LB||SO||MARCH 21|
|JUSTIN FIELDS||QB||SO||MARCH 25|
|DARRYL SINCLAIR||CB||JR||MARCH 25|