Scrimmage: Special Teams

This year, for only the second time in two decades, the media was not allowed into the Penn State football program's Coaches Clinic Scrimmage. But that didn't stop FightOnState.com from covering the event, thanks to an assist from our well-placed and well-informed observers. Get updates here on the special teams.

Reports from our most reliable sets of eyes have already begun to pour in. We will update this file as we receive more news.

These were among the items that stood out at the scrimmage, which was played at Beaver Stadium under ideal weather conditions:

SPECIAL TEAMS

  • Walk-on punter Jeremy Boone, expected to battle incoming freshman Ryan Breen to replace Jeremy Kapinos, was booming kicks before the scrimmage. During the scrimmage, however, he had two poor boots, drawing criticism from Joe Paterno. After that, he regrouped and unleashed a 50-yarder.

  • Another observer said, "Boone has to get it together — he's inconsitent. He has a powerful leg, but he needs to square away his mental side of the game. Hopefully that comes with a bit of experience."

  • Kicker Kevin Kelly shanked a short field goal attempt. After being chewed out by Paterno, he later boomed a "45-yarder that would have been good from 60," according to an observer.

  • Another observer said, "Kelly looks good. He looks healthy and more poised." Another observer explained, "Kevin has a lot more power and a good bit more control with his boots."

  • With the new NCAA rule that mandates kickoffs will be from the 30-yard line (as opposed to the 35 as in the past), observers are wondering if Breen might handle the kickoff duties for PSU this year to take pressure off Kelly. Though recruited as a punter, Breen is said to excell at kicking off, as well.

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