Jeremy Boone

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Jeremy Boone
Penn State Nittany LionsNo. 41
Punter Redshirt Senior
Major: Elementary Education
Date of birth: (1986-09-15) September 15, 1986 (age 28)
Height: 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Career history
High school: Mechanicsburg Area Senior HS,
Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania

 College(s):

Career highlights and awards
  • All Big-Ten (2007)
  • Academic All-Big Ten (2007, 2008)
  • Academic All-District (2008)
  • Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar (2007)
  • Big Ten Special Teams PoW (10/3/09)
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Jeremy Allen Boone (born September 15, 1986) is a collegiate American football punter for Penn State. He most recently was the starting punter for the Penn State Nittany Lions.

Early years[edit]

Boone was a three-sport athlete at Mechanicsburg Area Senior High School in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, playing football, baseball, and basketball.[1] In addition to punting, he also played wide receiver and safety for the football team. In his senior season, he was named all-state as a punter, and was named to the all-conference teams in all three sports.[1]

College career[edit]

Arriving at Penn State as a walk-on,[1] Boone redshirted his freshman season in 2005, and spent the 2006 season backing-up Ray Guy Award-finalist and future NFL punter, Jeremy Kapinos.

Boone became the starter in 2007, punting 59 times for an average of 43 yards-per-punt for the season—the third-best season for a punter in Penn State history.[1] He led the conference in punting that season and named first-team All-Big Ten. He was also earned Academic All-Big Ten and Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars honors.[1]

He began the 2008 season on the Athlon Sports[2] and College Football News[3] pre-season All-Big Ten lists. He would again average 43 yards-per-punt and lead the conference in punting,[4] earning honorable mention All-Big Ten honors[5] and was named an ESPN The Magazine CoSIDA Academic All-District and Academic All-Big Ten.[6] Boone had 15 punts inside the 20 yard line in 2008, but only had 39 total kicks that season, which was too few to qualify for him national ranking.[7] He was an inaugural recipient of a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar Award for the 2008-09 academic year.[8]

Boone continued with strong performances in 2009. After 5 games, he led the Big Ten with a 48.8-yard average on 15 punts, with seven landing inside the 20 yard line. He led all conference punters by more than three yards per punt. These statistics would rank him #2 in the nation, but he did not meet the NCAA's 3.6 punts per game minimum to be considered. He was named Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week following his performance in week 5 versus Illinois[9]

Personal[edit]

Boone is one the Nittany Lions' most philanthropic members. He has participated in the Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon and in events for the Make-a-Wish Foundation, the Pennsylvania Special Olympics, and Habitat for Humanity International, among others.[1] Boone is a member of Penn State's Student-Athlete Advisory Board and was selected to attend the 2009 NCAA National Student-Athlete Development Conference in Orlando, Florida.[4] He earned a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education from Penn State in May 2009.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "41: Jeremy Boone". Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics. Retrieved 2009-05-26. 
  2. ^ "Evans Named To Athlon Pre-Season All-America Team". Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics. 2008-05-20. Retrieved 2008-05-20. 
  3. ^ "2008 Big Ten Preview CFN All-Big Ten Team". College Football News. 2008-07-31. Retrieved 2008-11-18. 
  4. ^ a b c "Boone Selected to Attend NCAA National Student-Athlete Leadership Conference". Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics. 2009-05-15. 
  5. ^ "Big Ten Announces 2008 Football All-Conference Teams And Individual Honors". Big Ten Conference. 2008-11-24. 
  6. ^ ."2008 Academic All-District Football Team". College Sports Information Directors of America. 2008-11-05. Retrieved 2008-11-26. 
  7. ^ Musselman, Ron (2009-09-14). "Penn State: Punter on track to set records". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 
  8. ^ "More than 60 Nittany Lions among first Big Ten Distinguished Scholars". The Pennsylvania State University. 2009-07-20. 
  9. ^ "Boone Earns Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week Accolades". Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics. 2009-10-04.