Scarlet Sunrise: Pair of Buckeyes newcomers shed black stripes

Jayden Ballardby Birm-Lettermen Row
Ohio State wide receiver Jayden Ballard lost his black stripe. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Pair of Buckeyes newcomers shed black stripes

A pair of Ohio State newcomers are officially now part of the roster.

Two first-year Buckeyes, one freshman and one transfer player, lost their black stripes, the sign that they’ve earned a spot to be with the football program. Kicker Noah Ruggles, who won the position battle and started for Ohio State against Minnesota, and freshman wide receiver Jayden Ballard shed their stripes Tuesday evening.

Ruggles made six extra points and converted on a 35-yard field goal to cap off a good day for the Buckeyes on Thursday in the season opener.

Ballard hasn’t made plays yet for the Buckeyes, but that could change soon; he’s part of a talented wide receiver class and is progressing.

Both players are now officially a part of the Ohio State program. They lost their black stripes this week.

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Ohio State moved to 1-0 after a big win on the road at Minnesota. Now, Ohio State is looking to hit more of those home runs as the No. 3-ranked Buckeyes welcome in No. 12 Oregon at noon on Saturday at The Horseshoe.

The showdown between the two highly ranked programs could be one of the most exciting games of the college football season, and Lettermen Live is back at Roosters to break it all down.

Lettermen Row senior writer Austin Ward leads a unit featuring former Buckeyes linebacker Bobby Carpenter, former Ohio State quarterback Justin Zwick, Nicole Cox from Roosters and Lettermen Row director of recruiting Jeremy Birmingham.

How will C.J. Stroud grow as he gears up for the biggest game of his young. career? Will the Buckeyes finally be at full strength in the secondary? And what should be expected as Ohio State looks to shorten up its running back rotation?

You won’t want to miss all that and more Buckeyes news that is featured in the latest loaded episode of Lettermen Live hosted by Roosters on Olentangy River Road in Columbus.

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The Lettermen Row crew will be live from Urban Meyer’s Pint House in Dublin’s Bridge Park on Thursday night for a full preview of the Buckeyes massive matchup against PAC-12 powerhouse Oregon.

The next edition of the show will be Thursday, Sept. 9 at 7 p.m., and there will be plenty of Ohio State guests on hand to break down the Ohio State pursuit of a national title. Come out to see Bobby Carpenter, Zach Boren, Cardale Jones, Tyvis Powell and other former Buckeyes greats give their insight about the upcoming game with the Ducks and give predictions about biggest regular season matchup in Columbus in years.

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