After rough spring, Ohio State QB Tate Martell loses black stripe

Freshman quarterback Tate Martell arrived at Ohio State with high expectations. And after a rough spring, it seems the nation’s No. 2 dual-threat signal caller for 2017 has began adapting to college football.

On Saturday, Martell joined safety Brendon White and offensive lineman  Wyatt Davis as the latest Buckeyes to lose their black stripe.

Coach Urban Meyer shared videos of the three announcements on Twitter, which included a short speech from each honoree. The speeches from Davis and White were standard, thanking the coaches and players for the accomplishment.

Martell’s talk, meanwhile, included a lot more emotion.

QB Tate Martell sheds black stripe

“I was starting to mess up a little bit when I first got here because it was rough for me,” Martell said while getting choked up. “Honestly, all you guys pushed me to go. I’ve figured it out, and I’m going hard now.”

In March, starting quarterback J.T. Barrett teased Martell about his lackluster start to spring practice. Barrett eventually lightened up, discussing how the 4-star Bishop Gorman product was adjusting to not being “the big fish in the small pond.”

Martell has since adapted, impressing his coaches and teammates with his dual-threat ability in practice months later. Meyer also took notice of the freshman’s progress.

So, after an up-and-down start to his college career, Martell appears to be on the right path.

Find the full videos for all three black stripe announcements below:

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