COLUMBUS, Ohio — As the Ohio State football team took the field for its first spring practice of the year, a familiar face could be found on the Buckeyes’ practice field. Per an Ohio State spokesperson, former Buckeyes wide receiver Brian Hartline is now back at his alma mater, serving as a coaching intern on Urban Meyer’s staff.
Hartline, who played wide receiver at Ohio State from 2005-2008, spent the first eight sessions of Tuesday’s practice working with the Buckeyes’ wide receivers. His brother and former Kentucky quarterback, Mike Hartline, was an Ohio State assistant quarterbacks coach for each of the past two seasons before joining Luke Fickell’s staff at the University of Cincinnati as a quality control assistant this past offseason.
It wouldn’t be surprising to see Brian Hartline eventually take on a similar role in Columbus, working alongside Buckeyes wide receivers coach Zach Smith.
In three seasons of action at Ohio State, Hartline tallied 90 catches for 1,429 yards and 12 touchdowns. He then spent seven seasons in the NFL — six with the Miami Dolphins and one with the Cleveland Browns — recording 344 catches for 4,766 and 14 touchdowns.
Hartline last played in the NFL in 2015.
Albeit currently in a minor role, the addition of Hartline continues a recent trend of an increased NFL presence on Meyer’s staff in recent years. Last offseason, the Buckeyes added former NFL head coach Greg Schiano as its defensive coordinator and this year, they added longtime NFL assistant Bill Davis as their linebackers coach and former Philadelphia Eagles and San Francisco 49ers assistant Ryan Day as their quarterbacks coach.