No. 18 Jonny Harline – Tight end – 2003-2006
Jonny Harline to this day holds half of the most memorable moment since the turn of the century and it is undebatable. Sure Taysom’s leap against Texas and Tanner Mangum’s Miracle at Memorial are both plays that will remain on the highlight reels for the next twenty years, but the Beck to Harline play deserves its own spot in the BYU Football hall of fame.
I don’t want to say that a single play is what lands you this high in the Top 20 of the BYU Top 100 players of all time, but it sort of does when it is against Utah as time expires in the endzone. Actually it doesn’t, Harline has the rankings to back it up in other areas as well, but the catch did definitely move him up at least twenty spots.
Harline was a big receiver for BYU Football both in 2005 and 2006, the only years he played significant time, but the Cougars were loaded with talent in the receiving group. In those two seasons, the Cougars had eight receivers catch over 400 yards. Harline’s biggest impact came in 2005 when BYU won a few games by close margins, but in 2006, just about every game was a blowout except the huge game against Utah. The reality is, if you are blowing out teams, it makes your impact go down a bit, even if Harline was the leading receiver.
Harline led the Cougars with 935 receiving yards in 2006 along with 12 TD’s which led the nation for tight ends and was named an All-American that season. That statline is really good, however everything else was just, okay. He was third on the team for yards per catch and he fumbled the ball four times during his career, a bit when you take in that he only had 115 in field catches (about a 3.5% fumble rate). Finally, as mentioned before, Harline really only stuck out his senior year as far touchdowns and long catches, which if you are on this list of the BYU Top 100, you need more than one great season to expect a good grade. His 2006 season earns him an A-, the rest of this career is around a C which lands us at a B.
Memorable Moments A+
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Your welcome… Again! Harline could have done nothing else his entire career and probably still gotten an A for this grade. Harline also added some big TD catches against New Mexico in 2005 in a close game, had a huge 71 yard catch against the Lobos the next season and had another super nice one handed catch in the endzone against Utah in the same game as the highlight above.