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Austin Mack’s Black Stripe Removed First, Ohio State Freshman Impressing

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Urban Meyer announces Austin Mack is the first freshman to have his black stripe removed.

It’s still early, very early, in his college playing career, but Austin Mack is already living up to his lofty recruiting rankings. Mack was ranked as the nation’s No. 48 player and No. 6 wide receiver, and he’s proving why in spring practice.

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer tweeted out Thursday that Mack had impressed enough to be the first freshman to have his black stripe removed.

Mack early enrolled with the Buckeyes in January and was their highest-rated offensive signee in the 2016 class.

Given the need at the wide receiver position for the Buckeyes – Braxton Miller, Michael Thomas and Jalin Marshall are all gone – along with the impact he’s already making, Mack has a great chance of earning early playing time.

Note: rankings and ratings used in this article.

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