Breen's Status Up in the Air

The likely replacement for All-Big Ten punter Jeremy Boone has left the Penn State football program. It is not clear if he will return.

There has not been much spring practice drama at the punter position for Penn State over the past decade or so.

Starting in 2000, three-year starter David Royer was followed by four-year starter Jeremy Kapinos, who was followed by three-year Jeremy Boone. Boone, who wrapped up his record-setting career last season, was supposed to hand over the reins to redshirt junior Ryan Breen.

But that is in serious question now. Program observers say Breen, who is on scholarship, has left the program and the university within the past two weeks. He had been on campus for the start of the spring semester.

It is not clear if he will return.

“He just seemed unhappy,” an observer said.

Boone and Breen were the only two punters listed on Penn State's Capital One Bowl roster.

But starting place-kicker Collin Wagner and redshirt freshman Anthony Fera were both accomplished punters in high school.

Also, Russell Nye, a walk-on punter from State College Area High, will also be on the roster this spring. Nye transferred to Penn State from Temple.

Breen has one career punt to his credit -- a 43-yarder last season. He has also seen spot action as a kickoff specialist.

We will keep you posted on this story as information becomes available.

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