Ohio State’s Hero Kanu has black stripe removed

The development of young Buckeyes continues, even as No. 3 Ohio State gets ready for the first Big Ten game of the year against Wisconsin on Saturday night. The Scarlet and Gray know that while being prepared for games now is important, so is being prepared for the future.

On Thursday, Ohio State announced that one member of the team proved themselves as a cornerback Ryan Turner had his black stripe removed. As it turns out, Turner wasn’t the only one, as a freshman defensive tackle Hero Canoe also had his black stripe taken off at practice on Wednesday evening.

This black stripe tradition stems from former Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer‘s time with Ohio State when he took over the Scarlet and Gray before the 2012 season after serving as the head coach at Florida. The idea behind the tradition was that a new player must earn the right to be called a Buckeye. To do this, a black stripe is placed on his helmet when he arrives at school until he has done enough to officially earn his place on the team in the eyes of the coaching staff. Head coach Ryan Day kept the tradition in place after he took over the team from Meyer prior to the 2019 season.


“We’ve got another black stripe alert,” Scarlet and Gray director of player development CJ Barnett announced to the team in the video upon the removal of Kanu’s black stripe. “Aye man, this guy handles his business on and off the field. We really appreciate you. The newest member of the Rushmen, Hero Canoe!”

Originally from Germany, Kanu moved to the United States to play American football. He settled in Rancho Santa Margarita, California where he played high school football for Santa Margarita Catholic. Kanu was a four-star prospect and the No. 17 defensive lineman in the 2022 class, per the 247Sports Composite. Additionally, he was ranked as the No. 10 players from California and No. 118 overall in the nation.

“I really appreciate you all,” Kanu said in the video. “I want to give a shout out to the Rushmen, coach J, my big brother Jerron (Cage).” He then said, “thank you all. I love you guys,” in German.

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After Turner, Kanu is the 17th Scarlet and Gray player to have his black stripe removed in 2022. Safety Tanner McCalister and defensive end Caden Curry each had their black stripe removed during the spring. Transfer linebacker DeaMonte Trayanum, cornerbacks Jayaire Brown spirit Kyon Gray’slinebacker CJ Hicks, tight end Zak Herbstreitrunning back Dallan Haydenwalk-on wide receiver Joop Mitchell spirit defensive end Kenyatta Jackson all had their black stripes removed during fall camp. Since the Buckeyes began the season, safety Sonny Stylesrunning back TC Caffey and wide receiver Kojo Antwi each had their black stripes removed, as well as Turner and Kanu.

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