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Boone Embodies Offseason Work Ethic

Posted by Taylor Price on May 1, 2010 – 2:12 PM

At this time last year, Alex Boone was one of many undrafted free agents working to showcase his talents to the 49ers coaching staff at his first NFL minicamp. What made it even more difficult was the extra weight the former Ohio State tackle was carrying on his 6-foot-7 frame.

Oh, how things can change in a year, especially when you’ve been involved with a professional football team for 365 days.

The current Alex Boone is a lot lighter, thanks to dedicated eating and training habits. Boone’s new physique has also caught the eye of his offensive coordinator, who marveled over the second-year player’s transformation when speaking to the media Saturday afternoon.

“Tremendous,” Jimmy Raye said of Boone’s new-look on the practice fields. “Probably to the layman’s eye, it’s obvious he’s changed his body. His conditioning is better.”

Raye said the toned exterior has allowed Boone to play with more control from what he’s seen during the 49ers rookie minicamp, in which Boone is participating to help mentor the 49ers young linemen.

For Boone, the best part of being in better shape is being able to feel comfortable during practice.

“I’m not out of breath at all. I can run down the field and still joke about stuff. I really think everything has paid off.”

Raye also pointed out Boone as a model for how young players can improve with a year of experience in pro football.

“Look at him today after being a part of the program for a year and being in the (offseason) weight program. The people we’re working with have the same opportunity to flourish to that point, then you have something.”

Boone credited his change to the work he’s done with 49ers strength and conditioning coach Duane Carlisle in the team’s offseason conditioning program.

“I think I’ve done a great job of focusing on my conditioning this offseason and Coach Carlisle is putting through us through a great regiment. It’s definitely paying off right now.”

Boone’s constant offseason training has helped him tremendously so far, and will only help as he makes his case to stick on the 49ers 53-man roster and not just on the practice squad like he did in 2009.

“Everything has been paying off, doing cardio all day, and constantly working out,” he said. “You don’t really see the light of the tunnel when all you’re doing is working out. But when I got out on the field, everything was easier and I felt so much better.”

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