Countdown To Kickoff: Best Buckeye Ever To Wear No. 18

As the countdown to Ohio State's season opener against Bowling Green gets closer, the Buckeye Sports staff is continuing its Best Buckeye Ever series. We stand just 18 days from kickoff, so it is time to reveal our pick for the Best Buckeye Ever to don that number.

We are just 18 days from kickoff in Ohio Stadium, and as we discuss the Best Buckeye Ever to wear the No. 18, we have narrowed it down to a pair of national champions. 

First, there is former Buckeye punter Andy Groom, who wore No. 18 for his final two seasons at Ohio State in 2001-02. His senior season, OSU went on to post the best record in program history, going a perfect 14-0 on its way to a national championship game win over Miami (FL) in the 2003 Fiesta Bowl. 

During that title run, Groom had one of the best punting seasons in school history. His 2,697 total punt yards in 2002 rank sixth in school history. Groom also ranks first in program history in average yards per punt for a career, averaging 45.0 yards. In the championship game, Groom booted six punts for an average of 47.7 yards in the title game win over the Hurricanes and even recorded a carry on a fake field goal call which ultimately netted him no yards and a turnover on downs. He earned first team all-Big Ten and first team All-American honors during that championship season.

Our other pick at No. 18 is former Ohio State quarterback Ron Maciejowski. An almost career backup to Rex Kern, Maciejowski was essentially Kenny Guiton before Kenny Guiton. He saw plenty of action during from 1968-70 when Kern would be injured and for the most part, performed admirably. 

Filling in for an injured Kern in the 1968 season, Maciejowski earned his first career start against Wisconsin in Camp Randall Stadium and led Ohio State to a blowout 43-8 victory. In that game, Maciejowski led the Buckeyes in rushing and passing. On the ground, he carried the ball 23 times for 124 yards and three touchdowns, while also completing 13-of-19 passes for 153 yards and a score to Larry Zelina. 

He would go on to be drafted in the 15th round of the 1971 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears, but would not record any stats as a professional. 

Who is your pick at No. 18? The full list of Buckeyes to wear that number can be found below. Make sure to weigh in on our premium message boards with your selection. 

Adderly, Nelson........................ 1965

Amlin, George P. ...................... 1966

Baffer, Stewart ..........................1961

Bryant, Che .........................1994-96

Clark, Donald ......................1956-58

Clements, Nate ........................ 1998

Clift, Gary...................................1987

Galbraith, Jim........................... 1945

Gambrell, DerJuan....................2011

Groom, Andy...................... 2001-02

Hare, Gregory...................... 1971-73

Hilsenroth, Troy........................ 1988

Howard, Travis..............2008-09-10

Huwer, Charles......................... 1946

Johnson, Tate........................... 1998

Lawless, Michael...................... 2015

Lindsay, Kelton................... 1999-00

Lisko, David........................2004-07

Lyons, Devon .....................2004-07

Locke, Tony.............................. 1998

Maciejowski, Ronald J. .......1968-70

Mitchell, Kato ..................2013-14-15

Murray, Najee........................... 2012

Novak, Joseph ......................... 1940

O’Cain, Timothy ........................1981

Otis, Jim .............................2002-03

Prather, Pete ........................1974-75

Ross, Johnny............................ 1983

Scott, Robert M. ....................... 1962

Smith, Francis .......................... 1938

Vickroy, William......................... 1941

Volley, Ricardo ..........................1977

Vuchinich, Michael N. ..........1931-33

Walton, Tim.........................1990-93

Wansack, Andy......................... 1939

Wendt, Merle E....................1934-36

Williams, Lee E......................... 1955

Williams, Tyrone.............. 2010-11-12


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