Mewhort On The Move Again

He has not been at Ohio State long, but Jack Mewhort has spent time at a number of positions. After the spring game, the former four-star prospect from the Toledo area spoke about his latest position change, what he thinks of the change and how much more comfortable he feels compared to a year ago.

Jack Mewhort is on his way to becoming the new Jim Cordle.

During his five years at Ohio State, Cordle started at four of the five offensive line positions and joked that he would sneak in a start at right guard to say he had played them all. Now approaching his redshirt freshman season, Mewhort is in the process of making his third position change.

He is now repping at right guard after having spent much of the past year learning to play center.

"I'm really happy with it," he said following the team's spring game. "It's kind of a relief actually because the mental demands aren't as much."

When the four-star prospect from Toledo St. Johns Jesuit enrolled for spring courses one season ago, he started out at left tackle. Out of high school, ranked him the No. 11 offensive tackle prospect in the nation.

That experience was overwhelming right off the bat, he said.

"Last spring was a mess for me," Mewhort said. "I was playing left tackle and I was lost mentally. I feel like I've come a long way since then. I'm really happy with it. I'm a lot more comfortable now."

Now listed at 6-6, 288 pounds, Mewhort spent the past season studying the center position under Michael Brewster, who will be a junior this season. His major is listed as "exploring," but it is not likely Mewhort will graduate with a degree in chemistry or a similar topic.

"Playing in the system and being the center is like being a scientist," he said with a laugh. "It takes a couple years to get everything down. It was hard, but after a couple years you start to get it down."

Supplanting Mewhort as the second-team center is Corey Linsley, also a redshirt freshman. During the spring game, Mewhort started at right guard while Brewster started to his left for the Gray squad. Although he began the spring at center, the team's depth chart used for the spring game draft had him at guard.

As Linsley begins the task of learning the center position, Mewhort said the two are helping each other out on the second team.

"When we were out there together with the twos and he's at center and I'm playing guard, we help each other out," he said. "If I see something that he doesn't see, I tell him and it works really well."

At right guard, Mewhort finds himself behind senior-to-be Bryant Browning, who will be in his third year as a starter and second at the position.

"I try to show him what I can," Browning, a candidate to be a team captain this fall, said of Mewhort. "Definitely whenever a younger guy has a question, I always try to help them out when I can."

Last season, Mewhort said he also spent time at left guard preparing to relieve Justin Boren should he go down with an injury. That experience has helped him as he has learned the right guard position, he said.

"I already had a lot of the stuff down," he said. "I really like guard a lot. Center to guard really isn't that bad."

On the team's published depth chart before the first game of the season last year, Mewhort was listed as the backup to Brewster while Linsley was the second-team left guard. By the end of the season, neither of the true freshmen appeared on the depth chart as they finished out their redshirt seasons.

"I'm glad I have my redshirt season behind me," said Mewhort, who saw the most extensive playing time of his career so far during the spring game. "I felt a lot more comfortable than I usually do out there."

Asked if he had any advice for Mewhort as he learns the right guard spot, Bryant laughed and kept it simple.

"Don't let your man make the tackle and don't let your guy get the ball," he said.

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