In a move he's described as the opposite of hazing, Meyer created the black stripe program as a way to welcome the newest members of his team -- as soon as they earn it. Having one's black stripe removed is a sign that a youngster has done something either with his play or his intangibles to be considered a full part of the squad.
The two shouldn't be a huge surprise. When speaking about Samuel today, Meyer said, "I gotta be careful because I do this, but I love that kid, and man oh man, does he go hard. He is talented and he will play this year."
McMillan, meanwhile, earned praise from Meyer throughout the spring and was one of two true freshman along with wideout Johnnie Dixon who was permitted to practice along with the veterans on the first day of fall camp Monday.
A product of Hinesville (Ga.) Liberty County, McMillan entered OSU as the No. 5 middle linebacker in the nation and ranked 50th in the Scout 100. The 6-4, 240-pounder is battling senior Curtis Grant for the middle linebacker job.
Samuel (5-11, 190) is from Brooklyn (N.Y.) Erasmus Hall and is in the midst of the battle to earn carries at running back. He was rated the No. 9 wideout in the class of 2013 and the No. 60 overall player.