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May 15, 2009
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; - Record-setting punter Jeremy Boone (Mechanicsburg) has been selected to represent Penn State at the 2009 NCAA National Student-Athlete Development Conference.
The Big Ten Conference's leading punter the past two seasons, Boone will be among approximately 230 NCAA Division I student-athletes attending the conference, which will be held May 24-27 in Orlando, Fla.
The NCAA selected Boone from several Penn State student-athlete nominees that included: Max Ettore (men's swimming and diving), Margo Josephs (women's lacrosse) and Meredith Monroe (Lady Lion Basketball).
Boone, who is graduating Saturday with a degree in elementary and kindergarten education, is an active member of the Athletic Director's Leadership Institute started at Penn State in 2008. He represents the football team as member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Board (SAAB) and is involved with various community service activities, including the Penn Pal program, THON Make-A-Wish, Student-Athlete Shadow Day and Special Olympics.
A 2009 Ray Guy Award candidate, Boone owns two of the four best school season punting averages and is on target to become Penn State's career leader. Last season, he averaged 43.0 yards per punt with a long of 57. Possessing a strong and accurate leg, Boone placed 15 of his 39 punts inside the 20-yard line and forced nine fair catches with good hang times to greatly assist the Nittany Lions' Top 10 defense. He played a big role in the opposition returning only 12 punts for 64 yards last season (5.3 avg.) and helping Penn State rank in the Top 15 nationally in net punting and punt return yardage defense.
Boone earned first team All-Big Ten honors in 2007, capping the season by averaging a school bowl record 51.4 yards on his punts in Penn State's Valero Alamo Bowl win over Texas A&M.
Boone was among the program-record seven ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District honorees in 2008 and also was selected Academic All-Big Ten for the second consecutive year. The former Mechanicsburg Area High School all-state selection earned a perfect 4.00 grade point average during the spring semester to again earn Dean's List honors and will graduate with a 3.56 cumulative GPA. He should be a strong candidate for Academic All-America honors this fall.
The annual NCAA National Student-Athlete Development Conference provides NCAA student-athletes with a forum to openly discuss issues that may affect them on their campuses and in their communities, while also providing them with the opportunity to enhance their leadership, communication, decision-making and problem-solving skills. The National Student-Athlete Development Conference also promotes better communication among student-athletes, coaches, administrators, faculty and communities. The four-day conference consists of daily team sessions, exercises, speakers and activities to help the student-athletes develop as individuals and as contributing members to society.