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March 31, 2009
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa., - The Penn State Football staff will again welcome a large contingent of high school players from across the nation to its 35th annual summer football camps.
Penn State will host five different camp opportunities on the University Park campus in June, including a seniors only camp, which was introduced four years ago and continues to grow in popularity.
Close to 3,000 players from across the nation annually attend the Penn State Football camps.
The 2009 Penn State camps feature two offense / defense skills and fundamentals camps for athletes entering 8th-12th grade in the fall, to be held June 21-24 and June 28-July 1. A placekicking camp, headed by Penn State placekicking coach and recruiting coordinator Mike McQueary will be held June 19-20. This camp also is for 8th-12th graders.
The "seniors only" camp will be held June 26-27. This camp is designed to give an upcoming senior the opportunity to focus in on his primary offensive or defensive position. In addition to the Penn State staff, the senior only camp will feature many visiting college coaches and former Nittany Lion players that are in the coaching profession as assistant coaches. The past four years, approximately 20 former Nittany Lions, currently serving as high school or college football coaches, have worked the senior camp.
Penn State's popular 7-on-7 team passing camp will be held June 13. Many of the top high school teams from the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast attend this camp and use it as a competitive off-season teaching opportunity for their skill players. This camp is designed for varsity programs.
In addition to the Penn State coaching staff, selected outstanding high school coaches and Penn State Athletics trainers and medical personnel complete the camp staff.
Additional camp information, including registration forms, can be found by visiting: www.pennstatefootballcamps.com or by contacting the Penn State sports camps office at 814-865-0561.
Coach Joe Paterno and his staff have guided Penn State to 42 wins in the last 53 games, including victories in the 2006 FedEx Orange Bowl, the 2007 Outback Bowl and 2007 Valero Alamo Bowl. The Nittany Lions are No. 9 nationally in wins over the past four seasons with a 40-11 record.
The Nittany Lions (11-2) won their second Big Ten title and Bowl Championship berth in the past four years during the 2008 season. Penn State was No. 8 in the final Associated Press and USA Today Coaches polls, earning its 22nd final Top 10 ranking under Paterno. The Lions won at least 11 games for the 14th time under the Hall of Fame coach.
Entering his 44th season as head coach and 60th on the Penn State coaching staff, Paterno returns 37 letterwinners and 10 starters for the 2009 campaign. The Nittany Lions will culminate spring practice with the Blue-White Game presented by Donate Life Pennsylvania, on Saturday, April 25. There is no admission or parking fee for the Blue-White Game.