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There is more to Jonny Harline than the game winning catch against Utah.

George Frey

Everyone remembers Jonny Harline for his game winning catch against the University of Utah in 2006, but what Cougar fans may not remember is just how good of a tight end Harline really was. Although he didn't play in his first game at LaVell Edwards Stadium in 2004, it is one that he won't forget because the Cougars beat the Notre Dame Fighting Irish 20-17. His first start for the Cougars was the opener of the 2005 season against Boston College in which Harline made four receptions for 44 yards. He really came into his own in a 51-50 overtime loss to TCU. In his first big play as a Cougar, Harline came over the middle to make the catch, broke a few tackles, and managed to get to the two or three-yard line. Later that season Harline scored his first touchdown as a Cougar later in the season with a twelve-yard reception against Notre Dame. He also lead the team in receptions (eight) and receiving yards (one hundred) against the Fighting Irish. As a senior, he led the team in receiving yards at 935, which was also good enough to lead all tight ends nationally in receiving yards. His twelve touchdowns also lead tight ends nationally and he received multiple All-America honors. In the 2006 Las Vegas Bowl Harline recorded nine receptions, for a career high 181 yards, and bowl MVP.

Check out #13 Harline in this fuzzy highlight video of the 2006 Las Vegas Bowl.