9 Brian Hartline

Brian Hartline Ohio State
usaUnited States
North Canton, OH
High School
Past Teams
Ohio State
2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020

Post-OSU Update: Brian Hartline was selected in the fourth round (108th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins. Hartline played seven seasons in the NFL, six with the Dolphins and his final year with the Browns. He compiled 344 catches for 4,766 yards (13.9 ypc) and 15 total touchdowns. Hartline went into coaching after his playing career, joining OSU as a graduate assistant in 2017. He progressed to wide receiver coach and became well-known as a top recruiter. In 2023, Hartline was promoted to offensive coordinator at Ohio State. (updated: Jun. 2023)

Player Bio:

Jersey #: 9 (2007-09), 14 (2005-06)

Major: Communication (2008), Undeclared (2005-07)

Weight: 186 (2008), 180 (2005-07)

2008 Media Guide: Returning starter at wide receiver … tough and talented with a tremendous upside … played in all 13 games last two years after being redshirted in 2005 as a true freshman … has good
hands, excellent speed and is a student of the game … coaches like his work ethic and competitive attitude … lanky athlete who will go up and get the ball.

2007: : Made his mark at receiver as a keen competitor … 52 catches for the season for 694 yards and six scores … averaged 11.4 yards on 20 punt returns … 36-yard TD from Boeckman at Washington … 19-yard TD catch at Minnesota … 61 yards receiving and a TD at Purdue … scored twice against Kent State, on a 90-yard punt return and a 14-yard TD pass … punt return broke an OSU record set in 1950 … leading receiver in Wisconsin win with seven catches for 95 yards … special units player of week: Kent State … Jack Tatum hit of week: Wisconsin … Big Ten player of week: Kent State … special teams dog tags: Washington, Minnesota, Kent State … Big Ten sportsmanship award winner … Paul Warfield award for outstanding receiver … Big Ten all-academic … second-year letterman.

2007 Media Guide: Played in 13 games last year after being redshirted in 2005.

2006: Played in all 13 games with a pair of starts against Northern Illinois and Cincinnati … fourth on the team with 17 receptions for 256 yards … averaged 15.1 yards per catch … fixture on special teams … earned team’s special teams player of the week honor at Iowa and Michigan State and again vs. Indiana … delivered the Jack Tatum hit of the week against Indiana.

2006 Media Guide: Talented young receiver with a bright future … should see his first game action this year after being redshirted in 2005 as a true freshman … has good hands, excellent speed and is a student of the game … coaches like his work ethic and competitive attitude … comes to practice every day ready to play and with a plan for getting better … heads into the fall as one of the Buckeyes’ top six receivers … coming off a good spring … lanky receiver who can go up and get the ball.

2005: Played with the scout team and was redshirted … always gave great effort and impressed the coaches with his willingness to help out wherever needed.

2005 Media Guide: Rated the No. 3 wide receiver in Ohio and the No. 12 overall prospect in Ohio by Rivals.com … ranked No. 31 nationally by Scout.com and No. 36 by Rivals.com at wide receiver.

High School: Was a do-it-all player for GlenOak, the same school that produced OSU guard T.J. Downing an former Buckeye defensive back Dustin Fox … as a senior, suffered a season-ending leg injury during the second quarter of the first game of the season … as a junior, passed for 300 yards in the first four games before switching to wide receiver, where he caught 41 passes for 411 yards from his younger brother, Mike … returned punts as a junior, averaging 16.6 yards per return on nine attempts, including a 60-yard touchdown against Canton McKinley … also returned kickoffs as a junior, averaging 27.5 yards per return on four attempts … played cornerback and handled the punting duties, averaging 36.7 yards per punt as a junior … was all-conference and all-district as a junior … also played running back as a sophomore, rushing for 316 yards and a touchdown on 79 carries … caught 10 passes for 158 yards and two scores as a sophomore … also a track and field standout, competing in the 300-meter hurdles (second in state 2004), 110-meter high hurdles (fourth in state 2004) and high jump (tenth in state 2004) as a junior … rehabbed his football injury and won state titles in the 110 and 300-meter hurdles as a senior … played for Jack Rose.

Personal: Is the son of Dale and Laurie Hartline … has a younger sister, Jamie, and a younger brother, Michael … Michael is a freshman at Kentucky and is on a football scholarship … likes water sports and snow boarding … goal this year is to establish himself in the receivers rotation (2006) … nickname is “B-Hart” … dream vacation is Italy … favorite NFL player is Troy Aikman.

Coaching Bio:

OSU Coaching History:

2019-20: Wide Receivers Coach

2018: Interim Wide Receivers Coach

2017: Quality Control Coach (Wide Receivers)

2020 Media Guide: Brian Hartline is a rising star in the coaching profession who is in his third season as wide receivers coach at Ohio State and in his fourth season overall coaching at his alma mater.

This past December, Hartline was honored by the American Football Coaches Association as one of its AFCA 35 Under 35 honorees, a prestigious program that identifies and develops “premier, future leaders” in the football coaching profession.

2019 Media Guide: Brian Hartline, who coached a receiver unit in 2018 to Ohio State single season records for receptions, yards and touchdowns, was elevated to full-time wide receiver’s coach by Ohio State coach Ryan Day in December. Hartline had coached receivers in an interim capacity during the season.

Led by three fifth-year senior co-captains, Parris Campbell, Johnnie Dixon and Terry McLaurin, and including fourth-year junior K.J. Hill, Ohio State’s receiver unit caught 310 passes in 2018 for 4,429 yards and 45 touchdowns … totals that alone break the school single season marks of 287 receptions (set in 2017), 3,707 yards (2014) and 42 touchdowns (2014).

2018 Media Guide: Brian Hartline was promoted to be the Buckeyes’ interim wide receivers coach in July 2018. He is in his second year with the program. He worked as a quality control coach with the wide receivers in 2017 when the Buckeyes won Big Ten Conference and Cotton Bowl championships.

Hartline joins a fraternity of former Buckeye players who later became assistant coaches at Ohio State, including these still active in coaching: Luke Fickell (now the head coach with the Cincinnati Bearcats), Fred Pagac (linebackers coach, Denver Broncos), Tim Spencer (running backs coach, Tampa Bay Buccaneers) and Mike Vrabel (head coach, Tennessee Titans).


SeasonTeamGGSRush AttRush YdsRush AvgRush TDRecRec YdsRec AvgRec TDLng2 Pt ConvFumLostPRPR YdsPR AvgPR TD
2006Ohio State12NA155.001725615.12320NANA0000
2007Ohio State13NA6467.705269413.36650NANA2022911.41
2008Ohio State13NA3175.702147922.84560NANA4225.50


SeasonTeamGGSTklSoloAsstPRPR YdsPR AvgPR TD
2006Ohio State12NA0000000
2007Ohio State13NA4222022911.41
2008Ohio State13NA1014225.50