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Scarlet Sunrise: Black stripes off, Buckeyes can unleash freshman receivers

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Mookie Cooper lost his black stripe Tuesday. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Scarlet Sunrise: Black stripes off, Buckeyes can unleash freshman receivers

Good morning, Ohio State fans, and welcome to the Scarlet Sunrise. Football will always be our focus, but every day we’ll cover news, notes and analysis from across Buckeyes sports. Join us each morning to get caught up on everything you missed in the world of Ohio State football, recruiting, basketball and more.

Black stripes off, Buckeyes can unleash freshman receivers

All four of the freshmen wide receivers in the Ohio State receiver room are officially part of the program. Mookie Cooper lost his black stripe Tuesday after practice, becoming the final of the four elite receivers to lose the black stripe and become official Buckeyes.

All four of the freshmen receivers could play a big role in the Buckeyes offense that has a chance to be historically good. The four playmakers are on pace to make an impact.

” They have talent,” Ohio State coach Ryan Day said of the freshman receivers. “They’ve improved. They’ve shown that they care about doing things the right way. They’ve spent a lot of time with Coach Hartline and making sure that they’re where they need to be when they need to be there. They’ve all shown that they want to take care of the football and they’ve all made big plays. So we’ll see.”

Cooper is the final member of the freshmen receivers to lose his black stripe. And now Ohio State can unleash them next Saturday.

Justin Fields, Ryan Day, Corey Dennis meet with media

Ohio State coach Ryan Day, along with quarterbacks coach Corey Dennis and quarterback Justin Fields, held a press conference to break down the position Tuesday morning. Day, Dennis and Fields talked about the Buckeyes plans for the two freshman quarterbacks behind Fields, the progress inside the room and more.

Don’t miss the latest round of interviews with the Buckeyes.

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And also make sure to catch the Practice Report presented by Byers Auto. Lettermen Row’s Austin Ward, Jeremy Birmingham and Spencer Holbrook react to the conversation with Day, Fields and Dennis.

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New Tim May Podcast

Ohio State less than two weeks from kicking off against Nebraska, and the Tim May Podcast is back to break down every angle.

Tim welcomes Lettermen Row senior writer Austin Ward on the show to talk about the delay in the regular season, the late October start to the campaign and how that can benefit the Buckeyes as they attempt to make another College Football Playoff appearance. They also break down the latest around the program before Oct. 24, when Ohio State opens at home against Nebraska.

Tim also welcomes on Monica Johnson, the mother of Buckeyes freshman tackle Paris Johnson, to talk about the fight for a season that took place earlier in the fall and the battle for right tackle that Paris finds himself in right now. Don’t miss this loaded episode.

The Tim May Podcast is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Stitcher.

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Weekend Kickoff presented by Bryant Heating and Cooling Systems

Lettermen Row Weekend Kickoff presented by Bryant Heating & Cooling Systems: The Whatever It Takes Pregame Show will be back at Urban Meyer’s Pint House this Thursday to preview the weekend full of college football games and talk about the latest on the Buckeyes.

The next edition of the show will be Thursday, Oct. 15 at 7 p.m., and there will be plenty of Ohio State guests on hand to break down the latest developments and preview the weekend of football ahead. Come out to see Zach Boren, Anthony Schlegel, Michael Bennett and other former Buckeyes greats give their insight about the upcoming games and how they think the Buckeyes will fare this season.

Get set with the panel of former Buckeyes with analysis, stories, delicious food from Urban Meyer’s Pint House in Dublin and some cold Coors Light. Don’t miss the next show this Thursday at 7 p.m.

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Spencer Holbrook

Spencer Holbrook covers Ohio State football and basketball for Lettermen Row. A graduate of Ohio University's Scripps School of Journalism, he's in his second year covering the Buckeyes. He was previously the sports editor at Ohio's student newspaper, The Post, where he covered Ohio University football and men's basketball.