OSU's Mawhirter loses his black stripe, and that's a good thing

Perkins grad follows line of Pirates on Buckeyes football roster.
Fandy.com Staff
Aug 19, 2013

Aaron Mawhirter, a 2013 Perkins High School graduate, is one of seven Ohio State football freshmen to lose the black stripe from his helmet, a rite of passage for the young players.

From isportsweb.com... Every true freshman starts off camp with a black stripe on their helmet, signifying their status on the team. In order to lose that stripe, one must show they deserve to be a true member of the Buckeyes by proving themselves to the coaching staff in the opening days of camp. Technically the freshman are already on the team, but the removal of their black stripe is a right of passage for the players. In the eyes of the coaching staff, they are then worthy to don the Scarlet and Gray in Ohio Stadium.

Mawhirter follows a line of Perkins grads to play at the Horseshoe with Brandon Schnittker and Tyson Gentry previously trading their black and white jerseys for scarlet and gray.

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Aaron's father John couldn't be more proud of his freshman son. "He is doing great..."Bruises on top of bruises" as he puts it." John said. "The black stripe event was big...his goal was to get it off before school started."

Keep updated with Aaron's progress in the Sandusky Register and Fandy.com and you can follow Aaron on Twitter @aMawhirter




Clyde graduate, DL Tim Anderson, an integral part of OSU's 2002 National Championship team.

Patrick OBrien

Congratulations Aaron, nice work!

Absolutely insane I'm supporting the Buckeyes having grown up in Michigan and being a Sparty. But I'll root for OSU now that Mawhirter is there to represent and kick butt.


Way to go Aaron. Go Buckeyes!!!


Late 70's, OSU starting TE,Perkins grad, Brad Dwelle. Recruited by Woody Hayes.


Didn't Fred's son play at OSU?