Jack Mewhort may be the most interesting man in the world. Said to be one of the greatest teammates to don the Scarlet and Gray, Mewhort certainly lives up to each and every expectation placed upon him.
He is known as one of the biggest pranksters, jokesters, and overall comical players on the team. He is always laughing and joking, endearing him to fans, players, and coaches alike. Amidst all of this fun, however, Mewhort puts the pedal to the medal. He may be the hardest worker in the entire Ohio State football program, and has become a leader thanks to this incredible work ethic.
It’s hard to get a read on exactly who Mewhort is. Is he this whimsical teddy bear, or gridiron nightmare?
While that remains to be seen, his impact on the field is certainly well-defined. Jack Mewhort may be the most important player on the roster.
Jack came out of St. John’s High School in Toledo, Ohio in 2009 as a four star prospect, according to Rivals.com. He was rated the number two offensive tackle in the nation, the ninth player in the state of Ohio, and the 212th player in the nation.
Since joining the Buckeyes, Mewhort has been the ultimate “jack of all trades”, pun intended. In three seasons, Mewhort has started in three different positions and dominated each one of them.
Mewhort was redshirted for his freshman campaign and used the opportunity to get bigger, stronger, and better with his footwork. Known as a notoriously diligent worker, Mewhort did just that. It was frustrating for him, as every player wants to get on the field as soon as possible, but it was necessary.
His work paid off when he finally dove into the mix in 2011 and instantly made a huge splash. He started at both guard positions, helping Bryant Browning and Justin Boren, and solidified himself as a legitimate player on the line. It was then that Mewhort began to emerge as a standout and a leader of the offensive line and of the Buckeyes as a whole.
With so much momentum coming into the 2012 season for Mewhort, things almost stopped dead in their tracks. Mewhort and pal Jake Stoneburner were invited to the Memorial Golf Tournament in Columbus, Ohio and were arrested for public urination and avoiding police. Coach Meyer, brand new to the program, suspended them both for the summer.
Eventually, as the facts were sorted out, Meyer reinstated Stoneburner and Mewhort for the fall and the instance was immediately forgotten, as everybody involved moved forward.
As the actual season rolled around, with all issues in the past, the biggest question of the season emerged as a great strength for the Buckeyes. The offensive line was missing a right tackle, a true center, and a leader. Remarkably, they were all filled, but, of course, it was the charismatic Mewhort who anchored that line and put together an incredible season at the left tackle position.
While it’s hard to measure an individual’s impact on the offensive line, the story can often be told through the performance of the group as a whole. It was Mewhort and the bullies up front who forged the way for the Buckeyes to average 242 rush-yards per game, as well as 37.1 points per game, both of which were the highest in the Big Ten. Mewhort helped turn a bunch of baby-faced big bodies into a group of men who controlled the line of scrimmage, and that was paramount for this team’s success.
As Mewhort gears up for his senior campaign, Urban Meyer is thoroughly impressed and is putting a lot of pressure on his appointed captain to lead this team to a National Championship. He mentions Mewhort amongst the likes of his favorite players ever: Tim Tebow and John Simon. In fact, Meyer has an empty space on his wall to hang Mewhort’s no. 74, in honor of his performance as a Buckeye. He’s waiting for Mewhort to solidify that place.
“He’s got self-discipline, self-respect, and work ethic. He’s a guy that’s tough as nails”, said Meyer. “Everything you’d want in a leader.”
While Meyer and his coaching staff have lofty expectations, Mewhort is ready to handle them. When Meyer described Mewhort, he wasn’t trying to get a rise out of Jack. He truly believes that Jack is going to be the next great player. If Jack continues to be Jack, he should have no problem fulfilling them.
Aside from his off-the-field leadership contributions, what can we expect to see from Mewhort in 2013? Again, it is hard to judge an offensive lineman without loads of game-tape, but if the Buckeyes produce as they did last year, it’s much in thanks to Mewhort.
Mewhort should lead Ohio State to an even better offensive season. While last year was great, this season should be historic.
With Urban Meyer in his second year, every offensive player should be much more comfortable with the playbook, and thanks to this comfort, the play variety should only be that much more expansive. With more plays and more knowledge, the Buckeyes should be that much more dangerous going into next season.
After some seasons filled with question marks under his belt, Mewhort finally ended alst season with a solid period. This season, he is ready to end his story with an exclamation point.
He knows his line, he knows his schemes, he knows his defenses. His biggest problem, Noah Spence, lines up against him every day at practice.
Mewhort is putting the final touches on his preparation and is rearing and ready to go for his final season in Columbus.
He has a large to-do list in 2013. It begins with earning a spot on the wall of Coach Meyer’s office and ends with him holding up and kissing the Crystal Ball in Pasadena, California.