Jonny Harline
Tight End 13
238 lbs.
Last School
Ricks Junior College
Roster Years

Career Summary

Jonny Harline transferred to BYU from Ricks Junior College as a first-team All-Region 18 selection, having led the Western States Football League with an average of over 20 yards per reception. He was named a first-team All-American by ESPN, The Sporting News, College Football News, CBSSportline and in 2006 and was also named to the Associated Press All-America Third Team. He was named a national semifinalist for the John Mackey Award honoring the nation's top tight end and named Best Tight End in the Nation by CBSSportsline. Harline received letterman honors twice and was named to both the All-Mountain West Conference First Team and Academic All-MWC team as a junior and senior. He led the nation with 935 yards receiving, averaging 16.1 yards per reception. Harline averaged 71.9 yards receiving per game and recorded a regular-season high seven receptions for 118 yards against Utah as a senior.


  • Signed free agent deal with the Indianapolis Colts in 2007


  • Born in North Brunswick, N.J.
  • Parents are Craig and Paula Harline
  • Served a Church mission in New York City
  • Speaks Spanish
  • Married to Tiare

Before BYU

Orem High School

  • Earned first-team all-region and all-state honors in football and basketball
  • Led the Tigers to a second-place finish in the state basketball playoffs and a quarter-final appearance in football
  • Named Orem HS MVP and three-year letterwinner
  • Honor-roll student

Other College

Ricks Junior College

  • A first-team All-Region 18 selection as a freshman
  • Led the Western States Football League with an average of over 20 yards per reception
  • Scored eight touchdowns on the season.
  • Honor-roll student


Yr     Gms  Rec   Yds   TD   Long  Avg./R   Avg./G
2005   12   63    853    5    37    13.5     71.1
2006   13   58    935   12    71    16.1     71.9
TOTAL  25  121  1,788   17    71    14.8     71.5

Rec:  10 (at New Mexico; Oct. 8, 2005)
Yds: 181 (vs. Oregon; Dec. 18, 2006)
TD:    3 (at Utah, Nov. 25, 2006
LNG:  71 (vs. New Mexico; Nov. 18, 2006)
2018 BYU Hall of Fame

2018 BYU Hall of Fame

The man on the receiving end of one of the most dramatic moments in BYU football history, Jonny Harline is, yes, still open. But he also has a deserved spot with the greatest collection of tight ends at any university, including fellow Hall of Fame members Clay Brown and Chad Lewis.

A transfer from Ricks Junior College, Harline saw limited time on special teams as a sophomore in 2004 before making a name for himself in 2005. Harline started every game, recording 63 catches for 853 yards and five touchdowns and earning first-team All-MWC honors.

Harline joined John Beck and Curtis Brown in 2006 to produce one of the highest scoring offenses in college football. Harline led the nation’s tight ends with 935 receiving yards, 12 touchdowns and a 16.1 yards per reception average; his touchdown total tied for fourth-most ever in a season by a Cougar. That year, BYU won the MWC championship with a perfect 8-0 record, culminating in Harline’s kneeling touchdown catch with no time left on the clock to defeat Utah for his third touchdown of the game.

Harline broke the Las Vegas Bowl record with 181 receiving yards on nine catches in the final win of the season against Oregon. For his efforts in helping BYU to a No. 16 final ranking, Harline was again voted to the All-MWC First Team and was a semifinalist for the John Mackey Award. He was also named to the Associated Press All-American Third Team in addition to earning five All-America First Team citations, including recognition from The Sporting News, ESPN and Sports Illustrated.

Harline finished his career eighth in BYU history in receiving touchdowns with 17 and 14th in school history with 1,788 receiving yards despite seeing time in just two seasons.

A two-time All-MWC Academic Team honoree, Harline graduated in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in English and a minor in Spanish. He signed a free agent deal with the Indianapolis Colts but has gone on to become a teacher at Challenger School and owner of a Hokulia Shave Ice franchise. Harline served in multiple assignments in his church congregation and has spoken to many youth groups. He and his wife, Tiare, are the parents of three children: Leila, Lucas and Gabriel.

Freshman Year

Sophmore Year 2004

  • Saw limited action on special teams as a sophomore
Junior Year 2005

  • Earned letterman honors as a junior
  • Named first-team All-MWC
  • Named Academic All-MWC
  • Named team receiver of the year
  • Saw action in all 12 games of the season, starting in nine
  • Ranked no. 7 in the Mountain West Conference in receptions per game at 5.25
  • Named Nassau County Sports Commission John Mackey National Tight End of the Week for his play against New Mexico when he caught 10 passes for 123 yards
  • Caught seven passes for 123 yards against San Diego State
  • Had eight receptions for 100 yards and one touchdown at Notre Dame
  • Caught seven passes for 73 yards and one touchdown against California in the Las Vegas Bowl
  • Two of his four receptions against Wyoming went for touchdowns
  • Recorded 63 receptions for 853 yards
  • Averaged 13.5 yards per reception
  • Totaled 63 receptions for 853 yards on the season
  • Averaged 71.1 receiving yards per game
  • Recorded five TDs on the season
  • Credited with four tackles, including three solo takedowns
  • Had season-long reception of 37 yards against TCU and San Diego State
  • Participated in spring drills and credited with six receptions for 89 yards in the annual Blue-White game.
Senior Year 2006

  • Named a first team All-American by The Sporting News
  • An ESPN first-team All-American
  • Earned College Football News, CBSSportline and first team All-America honors
  • Named third-team Associated Press All-American
  • Earned first team All-Mountain West Conference honors
  • Earned Academic All-Mountain West honors
  • Mackey Award semifinalist
  • Named "the best tight end in the nation" by CBSSportsline
  • Earned CBSSportsline All-Bowl team honors
  • Named the Pioneer PureVision Las Vegas Bowl MVP
  • Credited with a season-high nine receptions for a Las Vegas Bowl record 181 yards and a touchdown in BYU's 38-8 victory over Oregon
  • Led the nation with 935 yards receiving, averaging 16.1 yards per reception
  • Led the nation with 12 touchdown receptions
  • Was twice selected by ESPN as the "Top Play of the Day," including a spectacular one-handed reception in the Cougars' 31-17 win over No. 15 TCU and a last-second touchdown reception to give BYU a 33-31 victory over Utah
  • Averaged 71.9 yards receiving per game
  • Posted a regular-season high seven receptions for 118 yards against Utah
  • Credited with three games with over 100 yards receiving
  • Scored a career-high three touchdowns against Utah
  • Statistically ranked as the top-returning tight end in the country entering the season
  • Named preseason All-Mountain West by The Sporting News, Athlon, Phil Steele and Blue Ribbon
Graduate Year

Redshirt Year

Medical Redshirt Year