Ed Thompson: What have you been doing the last couple of weeks?
Jonny Harline: I’ve just been trying to finish up school. I got finals coming up
right now, so I’ve been doing that and then just after my Pro Day
just trying to stay in shape and trying to get ready for camps and
things like that.
ET: What do you think is the real difference-maker-- when people look at
film of you-- that’s going to make them want to pick you on draft day?
JH: I hope that they look at some plays I’ve been able to make. I have
the ability to make big plays if our team needs it, if things aren’t
going so well. I like to be the guy to step up and do something about
ET: After the catch, are you a long-strider or are you a guy trying
to put the moves on defensive players?
JH: I’m probably a long-strider. Yeah, once I get out in front of
everyone, I’ve never been caught from behind in my life...
ET: Talk about your quarterback John Beck and the teamwork the
two of you developed over the years...
JH: John did an amazing job this year. I just think he really stepped up
with his confidence and leadership this year. Quarterback is the most
important position on offense probably and what he’s able to do, all
the work he put in definitely paid off.
ET: You had 63 catches with five touchdowns as a junior, then pulled in
12 touchdowns as a senior. What was the big difference for you between those
|Jonny Harline scores a touchdown against Oregon (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)|
JH: I think a big part of
it was coincidence to start out with. I kind of just was the guy open
in the end zone a few times. And then this year I think John looked
for me a little bit more maybe down in the red zone. I think I became better at running with
the ball after the catch. I had a couple longer touchdowns this year
and that was a pretty good feeling to be able to not just catch it in
the end zone, but get it and then run a ways to get in.
ET: You’ve got a reputation for being a guy who’s not afraid to fight for
the ball or catch it in traffic. You’re not afraid to mix it up and
claim it, are you?
JH: No, definitely not. I’m just really
competitive, especially when the ball is up in the air. It’s a pretty
obvious situation where you’re either going to win or lose. I think
that puts some incentive in there for me.
ET: What do you think is most important for people to know about you as a
JH: As a person?
It’s kind of hard to sum up myself in just a little bit. You know, I
generally just try to be a good guy and treat people right, help them
out if I can. A and I really enjoy just relaxing with my wife
and hanging out with her and maybe some of my friends as well.
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