Ohio State Linebacker Tommy Eichenberg, Quarterback J.P. Andrade Shed Black Stripes

By September 26, 2019 (11:30 am)Football
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Linebacker Tommy Eichenberg and quarterback J.P. Andrade became the latest freshman to lose their black stripes following practice on Wednesday evening, signaling their status as official members of the Buckeyes’ football program.

The 6-3 225-pound Eichenberg was a four-star prospect from Cleveland St. Ignatius. He missed most of preseason camp with an undisclosed injury, but saw his first action on the final play of Ohio State’s 76-5 win over Miami (Ohio) on Sept. 21.

“I want to thank everybody for welcoming me in,” Eichenberg said. “I want to thank the linebacker room, the strength staff, all the trainers — especially (head physical therapist and assistant athletic trainer Adam Stewart). I couldn’t have done it without them.”

The 6-3, 205-pound Andrade, meanwhile, picked a preferred walk-on opportunity at Ohio State over scholarship offers from South Alabama, Fordham and Morehead State and a preferred walk-on offer from Florida. He’s yet to see any playing time for the Buckeyes, but recently drew praise from quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator Mike Yurcich for his effort on scout team this fall.

“I just want to thank God for this opportunity,” Andrade said. “I want to thank you guys for welcoming me in. Thank the quarterback unit, coach Yurchich, (quality control coach) Corey (Dennis), coach (Ryan) Day, the rest of the quarterbacks. Go Bucks.”

A full list of newcomers who have shed their black stripes is below:

NAME POSITION YEAR DATE OF BLACK STRIPE REMOVAL
LOGAN HITTLE LB JR* 3/21
CADE KACHERSKI LB FR* 3/21
BEN SCHMIESING LB FR 3/21
JUSTIN FIELDS QB SO 3/ 25
DARRYL SINCLAIR CB SO* 3/25
MAX WRAY OL FR* 4/1
RYAN BATSCH SAF FR* 4/1
GARRETT WILSON WR FR 4/8
AUSTIN KUTSCHER WR FR* 4/8
ZACH HARRISON DE FR 4/12
JONAH JACKSON OL SR* 8/6
HARRY MILLER C FR 8/8
JAMESON WILLIAMS WR FR 8/8
RYAN JACOBY OL FR 8/12
MARCUS CROWLEY RB FR 8/12
CADE STOVER LB FR 8/13
BRYSON SHAW SAF FR 8/15
NOAH POTTER DE FR 8/15
STEELE CHAMBERS RB FR 8/15
CRAIG YOUNG LB FR 8/19
DANNY VANATSKY QB FR* 8/19
ZAID HAMDAN DT FR* 8/24
DAWAND JONES OT FR 9/4
ENOKK VIMAHI OG FR 9/4
CHRIS BOOKER WR JR 9/11
TOMMY EICHENBERG LB FR 9/25
J.P. ANDRADE QB FR 9/25

*Redshirt

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