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