2017 Honoree, Rex Kern & Ron Maciejowski

2017 Honoree, Rex Kern & Ron Maciejowski

Rex Kern was the leader of the so-called Super Sophomores, guiding the Buckeyes to an undefeated season and a consensus national championship in 1968. Kern and the other Super Sophomores finished their college careers with a record of 27-2. Kern was a fine passer and a dangerous runner. In the 1968, 1969 and 1970 seasons, Kern ran for 583, 524, and 597 yards respectively—high numbers for a Big Ten quarterback.

Kern was elected to the Ohio State Varsity O Hall of Fame in 1978, was selected to the Ohio State Football All-Century Team in 2000, and the College Football Hall of Fame in 2007.


Ron Maciejowski played QB at Ohio State from 1968-1970. He was part of the Super Sophomores and backed up Rex Kern on the 1968 National Championship team. Kern finished his OSU career with over 1,000 yards passing – a feat that is impressive given his Coach Woody Hayes “three yards and a cloud of dust” philosophy.

The “Super Sub”, Ron Maciejowski, is most remembered for his 70 yard drive to beat Illinois.


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