Dec. 13, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio State senior left tackle Jack Mewhort was named Thursday a 2013 second-team All-American by the Walter Camp Football Foundation, the 124th team so honored by the organization. The nation's oldest All-America team was announced as part of the Home Depot ESPN College Football Awards Show.
Junior linebacker Ryan Shazier, named earlier this week as a first-team All-American by USA Today, was also selected to the Walter Camp All-American second team.
Mewhort, a first-team all-Big Ten Conference tackle and called by coach Urban Meyer as one of the best players on the most prolific offense in school history, was the foundation of an offensive line that paved the way for Ohio State to shatter a plethora of school records this season, including:
- Points scored (602);
- Total offense yards (6,740);
- First downs (334);
- Passing touchdowns (36); and
- Touchdowns (82).
And the unit is poised to break additional single season marks for points per game (currently at 46.3), rushing yards (team has 4,128 and needs just 72 for the record), rush yards per attempt (7.0), yards per play (7.12) and offensive yards per game (518.5).
Ohio State's offense ranks fourth nationally in rushing with 317.5 yards per game, and it also ranks seventh nationally in total offense, seventh in pass efficiency (164.0 rating) and fourth in scoring.
And here's further evidence to the success Mewhort and the line have had this season blocking for and protecting Ohio State's skill players: Ohio State quarterbacks have combined for 554 rush and pass attempts and have been sacked just 17 times in 13 games; and Ohio State running backs have 361 carries and lost yards on only nine of them.
Mewhort participated in 742 plays this season and graded out at 89 percent. A team captain, he has started 38 consecutive games for the Buckeyes and has played in 48 consecutive games.