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Jack Mewhort

School

Ohio State

Position
Offensive Line/Left Tackle
Major
Family Resource Management

Classroom

Mewhort is majoring in family resource management and is scheduled to graduate in December 2013.

Character

Coach Urban Meyer has already determined that Mewhort, who he calls the team’s top returning leader, will be a senior captain this season.

“It’s not a dictatorship at Ohio State, and we let our players choose captains,” Meyer said. “However, all those votes have to pass by my desk. So I’m going to tell you who one will be.” The player he named was Jack Mewhort. Meyer often cites the offensive line, led by Mewhort, as the leaders of the 2013 team and a major reason for the success of the undefeated 2012 squad. Mewhort’s character is also evident in his “team first” mentality and willingness to change positions three times in the span of a year—from left guard to right guard to left tackle—due to depth issues on the offensive line.

Community

Mewhort has attended the last two opening ceremonies for the Columbus City Schools’ annual Special Olympics, posing for photographs with the competitors and cheering them on during their races and events; he is a regular “reader” in second grade classrooms as part of Second & Seven, a program founded by former Ohio State football players to promote literacy in Central Ohio schools; he visits patients at Columbus Children’s Hospital and the Ohio State Medical Center; he has served food from a food line at the LifeCARE Alliance facility in Columbus; he helped renovate and construct a new playground with teammates at Graham Expeditionary Middle School in Columbus; he has also attended numerous Ronald McDonald House activities.

Competition

Mewhort has started 25 consecutive games along the offensive line for the Buckeyes heading into his senior season of 2013. Included was all 12 games in 2012 when the Buckeyes went 12-0, won the Big Ten Conference Leaders Division, were ranked No. 3 in the nation and were the only undefeated team in the FBS. Mewhort helped the Buckeyes average 242.2 yards per game rushing (10th nationally) and was named second-team all-Big Ten for his efforts. He also helped Ohio State to a 34-year high 37 rushing touchdowns. He was honored as Ohio State’s co-offensive lineman of the year after the 2012 season. He was named honorable mention all-Big Ten as a sophomore. He has played in 35 games.

Mewhort has been named to the preseason watchlist for the Outland Trophy.