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Counting Down the Lions: #15

Submitted by on August 28, 2009No Comment

In joining Charlie’s Top PSU moments, we’ve added another daily countdown feature here at quebecpenspinning. We’ll be measuring up the 50 most important players to Penn State’s success in the 2009 season. You may have noticed that we’ve slacked off a little lately, but expect a few double 15doses of Counting Down the Lions until we’re all caught up.

Checking in at #15 is someone no Lion fans want to see on the field at all this season, but we know he’ll do a fine job when called upon: Jeremy Boone

Number: 41
Position: Punter
Class: Redshirt Senior
Height: 5’9
Weight: 168
Hometown: Mechanicsburg, PA
How’d He Get Here: Back in high school, Boone wasn’t just a punter.  In fact, Boone also excelled at wide receiver and safety, but even then, it was common knowledge that his future would be as a punter.  Named to the All-State team at the position, Boone made a name for himself as one of the best punters in the region.  However, though he was ranked as one of the best at his position coming out of high school–Scout slotted Boone as the #4 punter in the class–Boone chose to walk on at Penn State.
2008 Results: The preseason Big Ten punter have to punt much last year, as the Nittany Lion offense was just so good in 2008.  Punting just 39 times, just three per game, Boone replicated his 2007 season almost to a tee, putting up the exact same 43.0 net yards per kick as he did the previous year.  Of his 39 kicks, just 5 were touchbacks and 15 landed inside the 20 yard line.  Were it not for limited playing time, and the standout performance by Zoltan Mesko, Space Emperor (of Space!), Boone could well have found himself named, once again, to the first team All-Conference.
What to Expect in 2009: Well, for one, Boone will have to be punting a little bit more this year, if only as the offense tries to work through a few kinks.  True, Penn State last year offered up a first-year starting QB, but with a veteran offensive line and wide receiving corps, the offense almost never failed to move the ball.  This year, with question marks at both positions, it wouldn’t surprise me to see the number of stalled drives increase drastically.  On the flip side, Penn State could play more conservative, going for 4 or 5 yards a play and picking up first downs rather than big plays on a drive.  Either way, Boone should be more than ready to handle more work, as he punted the ball 59 times in 2007.
Random Fact: Jeremy Boone is a smart kid.  In 2007, he was named to the Academic All-Big Ten team, and as an Arthur Ashe Scholar.  Then, last year, he expanded on those honors by being named to ESPN’s Academic All-American team.  And for a punter, he’s one hell of an athlete.  Back in high school, Boone was named first-team All-Conference in three different sports, football, baseball, and basketball.
The Final Word: Last year, in all but two games, just about everything that could go right on offense did, and that meant we didn’t see too much of Jeremy Boone.  You simply can’t expect a much younger team to have the same kind of success.  Ball control and field position have always been a major part of winning in the Big Ten, and just as we saw in the Ohio State game last year, it’s how you win the close games.  Penn State doesn’t have to worry much about a shank or a squib, and we as fans can sleep well knowing we have one of the steadiest punters in the game on our side.

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