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Brian Jack Hartline[1] (born November 22, 1986) is the wide receivers coach at Ohio State. He is a former American football wide receiver who played in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Ohio State, and was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the fourth round of the 2009 NFL Draft. He was also a member of the Cleveland Browns.

Brian Hartline
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Hartline with the Cleveland Browns in 2015
Ohio State Buckeyes
Position:Wide receivers coach
Personal information
Born: (1986-11-22) November 22, 1986 (age 33)
Canton, Ohio
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High school:Canton (OH) GlenOak
College:Ohio State
NFL Draft:2009 / Round: 4 / Pick: 108
Career history
As player:
As coach:
  • Ohio State (2017)
    Graduate Assistant
  • Ohio State (2018–present)
    Wide Receivers
Career NFL statistics
Receptions:344
Receiving yards:4,766
Receiving touchdowns:14
Player stats at NFL.com

Early yearsEdit

Hartline attended GlenOak High School, where he both played football and ran track for four years. He began his football career as a quarterback, but in the fourth game of his sophomore year, he switched positions to wide receiver.[2]

College careerEdit

Hartline redshirted his freshman year, but played in all 13 contests in 2006. In 2007, Hartline played an integral part in getting the Buckeyes to the 2008 BCS National Championship Game, averaging 13.3 yards per reception with 52 catches for 694 yards.[3] In 2008, his final season, Hartline averaged 22.8 yards per reception with 21 catches for 479 yards.[3]

He graduated from Ohio State in June 2009 with a degree in Communications, but elected to forgo his final season of eligibility to enter the 2009 NFL Draft.[4]

Hartline was also on the GlenOak track team, and he was the 2005 state champion in the 110 metres hurdles and the 300 metres hurdles.

Professional careerEdit

Miami DolphinsEdit

 
Hartline with the Miami Dolphins in 2009

Hartline was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the fourth round (108th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft. On October 4, 2009, Hartline caught his first career touchdown on a 2-yard pass from Chad Henne. Hartline finished his rookie season with 31 receptions and 506 receiving yards with three touchdown receptions plus a rushing touchdown on a 16-yard play against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Although he finished third on the team in receiving yards, Hartline led the team in receiving touchdowns.

After a solid rookie season in which he started every game, in the 2010 season, Hartline started only 12 games, although despite this, he had a better season statistically, with 43 receptions for 615 yards and 1 touchdown. He also rushed for 27 yards on 2 carries.[5]

After the release of Ted Ginn Jr. in the 2011 off season, Hartline cemented his place as a starter, again starting in every game of the season, like in his rookie year.[6] He recorded statistics of 549 yards from 35 receptions, thrown by Chad Henne at the start of the season, but after the former Michigan QB's injury, backup Matt Moore took over, leading to Henne's release in 2012.

Despite struggling with injuries and illnesses during the off-season and training camp,[7] Hartline played in the 2012 season opener against the Houston Texans and became the team's number one receiver with Brandon Marshall's trade. In a Week 4 loss against the Arizona Cardinals, he broke the Dolphins franchise record for receiving yards in a game with 253. He called the record "bittersweet".[8] After that week 4 performance, Hartline led the NFL in receiving yards. Hartline eclipsed 1,000 receiving yards, becoming the eighth receiver in Dolphins franchise history to accomplish the milestone.[9]

During the offseason in 2013, Hartline stayed with the Dolphins, signing a 5-year, $31 million contract, with $12.5 million guaranteed.

Hartline suffered a torn PCL in the last regular season game against the New York Jets in 2014, which forced him to end his season. He led the team in receptions with 76, which is also a career-high, and finished his second consecutive year with over 1,000 receiving yards.

Cleveland BrownsEdit

Hartline signed with the Cleveland Browns on March 9, 2015.[10] On May 23, 2016, Hartline was released by the Browns.[11]

Career statisticsEdit

Season Team Games Receiving Rushing Fumbles
GP GS Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Att Yds Avg Lng TD FUM Lost
2009 MIA 16 2 31 506 16.3 67 3 4 29 7.3 16T 1 0 0
2010 MIA 12 11 43 615 14.3 54 1 2 27 13.5 30 0 1 1
2011 MIA 16 10 35 549 15.7 41 1 1 9 9.0 9 0 0 0
2012 MIA 16 15 74 1,083 14.6 80T 1 - - - - - 1 1
2013 MIA 16 15 76 1,016 13.4 50 4 - - - - - 0 0
2014 MIA 16 16 39 474 12.2 35 2 - - - - - 1 0
2015 CLE 12 4 46 523 11.4 41 2 - - - - - 1 0
Total 104 73 344 4,766 13.9 80 14 7 65 9.3 30 1 4 2

Coaching careerEdit

Hartline joined Ohio State's football team as a graduate assistant in 2017.[12] Already on the coaching staff as a graduate assistant, Hartline was named interim WR coach for Ohio State for the 2018 season after the firing of Zach Smith.[13] The position was made permanent in December 2018.[14]

Personal lifeEdit

Hartline's younger brother, Mike Hartline, is a former quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts and New England Patriots, and the current Offensive Coordinator at Ohio Dominican University.

Hartline owns and operates two convenience stores with a partner in Columbus, that he works at during the off-season.[15]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Brian Hartline Pro Football Reference Profile". pro-football-reference.com.
  2. ^ Ohio State Buckeyes bio
  3. ^ a b "Brian Hartline Stats College". ESPN. Retrieved October 2, 2012.
  4. ^ Down to the Wire Underclass Declarations SI.com, January 14, 2009 Archived January 21, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Brian Hartline – Wide Receive". RotoWorld. Retrieved October 2, 2012.
  6. ^ "Brian Hartline Stats". ESPN. Retrieved October 2, 2012.
  7. ^ Brian Hartline took painful path to become NFL's leading receiver
  8. ^ Chuck Schilken (October 1, 2012). "Brian Hartline not thrilled after setting Miami receiving record". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 2, 2012.
  9. ^ George Richards (December 17, 2012). "After passing 1,000 yards, Brian Hartline joins select company among Miami Dolphins wide receivers". The Miami Herald. Retrieved January 3, 2013.
  10. ^ Hanzus, Dan. "Brian Hartline agrees to deal with Cleveland Browns". NFL.com. Retrieved March 10, 2015.
  11. ^ Patra, Kevin (May 23, 2016). "Brian Hartline released by Cleveland Browns". NFL.com. Retrieved May 23, 2016.
  12. ^ Scalzo, Joe (January 8, 2018). "GlenOak's Brian Hartline enjoys first season coaching OSU". The Repository. Retrieved July 26, 2018.
  13. ^ Rittenberg, Adam (July 26, 2018). "Buckeyes name Brian Hartline interim WR coach for 2018 season". ESPN. Retrieved July 26, 2018.
  14. ^ Hope, Dan (December 8, 2018). "Brian Hartline Hired As Full-Time Wide Receivers Coach at Ohio State". Eleven Warriors. Retrieved December 8, 2018.
  15. ^ http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/06/30/3477447/miami-dolphins-brian-hartline.html

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