October 3, 2007

Nittany Lion punter deals with loss

Nittany Lion punter Jeremy Boone and his hometown of Mechanicsburg, Pa., suffered a devastating loss on September 21, when longtime Mechanicsburg Wildcat football coach Rich Lichtel lost his battle with prostate cancer. The 60-year old coach had been at the helm since 1981, and had won 160 games in 26 seasons.

The Nittany Lion redshirt sophomore punter was quick to point out what kind of impact Lichtel had on his life.

"He's been a huge influence, he's probably the reason that I got involved in the game of football," said Boone. "A lot of this season I'm going to have to contribute to him and what he's done for me. He's always been there, he's always been the type of guy that has been positive, and that's probably one of the biggest things that I'll take and keep with me as I continue on this season.

"I'm just glad that I am able to carry on some Mechanicsburg tradition into the game of football. I'm glad he can be able to look down on us."

The 5-foot-9, 183-pound Boone was a two-way starter at Mechanicsburg for Lichtel. He caught 84 passes for 1,080 yards and six touchdowns as a senior, in addition to being named first team all-state as a punter.

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