Black stripe removal season has opened in Columbus, which signals the return of football.
A new-filled Wednesday, featuring the Big Ten's announcement that the football season will kick off on Oct. 24, now includes running back Trey Sermon getting his black stripe removed.
"I appreciate y'all boys welcoming me in, man," Sermon told his teammates. "We invested so much into this. I'm ready to get it rolling. Go Bucks."
The Oklahoma graduate transfer is the first Buckeye to have his black stripe taken off in 2020. In fact, because Ohio State didn't have preseason camp at a usual time and spring practice was cut short in March, he's the first player since walk-on defensive tackle Zaid Hamdan on Aug. 24, 2019 to lose his black stripe.
Sermon, who's expected to start at running back, averaged 6.2 yards per carry to rack up more than 2,000 rushing yards in three seasons as a Sooner. He transferred to Ohio State earlier this year.