At the University of Houston, newcomers to the football program will try to lose their stripes during the next three weeks.
As preseason camp began Friday, all transfers and true freshmen had a thin blue stripe that runs over the middle of the helmet.
The goal is to have the stripe removed when they have proved themselves in practice.
“They have to earn the right to get that stripe torn off their helmet and basically officially become a member of this football team,” UH first-year head coach Tom Herman said.
Herman and his coaching staff will decide if a player is worthy of losing his stripes, at which time it will occur in front of the entire team at the end of practice.