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Mike Poorman

Mike Poorman has covered Penn State football since 1979, and for StateCollege.com since the 2009 season. His column appears on Mondays and Fridays. Follow him on Twitter at http://twitter.com/PSUPoorman. His views and opinions do not necessarily reflect those of Penn State University.

Articles by Mike Poorman

Penn State Football Staff's #Oneteam: Pry Stepped Aside for Spencer Promotion
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Penn State Football Staff's #Oneteam: Pry Stepped Aside for Spencer Promotion
5 hours ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
“Coach Spencer and I are awfully good buddies,” Brent Pry said after Saturday’s Blue-White Game. “Spence had a lot of teams come courting him. He does a great job in our program and we wanted to make sure he stayed here.” [Read More]
Penn State Football: The Elusive Ingredient Franklin is Still Seeking for 2018
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Penn State Football: The Elusive Ingredient Franklin is Still Seeking for 2018
3 days ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
James Franklin is working on his grip this spring: Coaching is like “holding the bird of life in your hand," to paraphrase the late conductor Sir Colin Davis. “Hold it too tight and it dies. Hold it too lightly and it flies away.” [Read More]
Penn State Football: How to Win the Blue-White Game
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Penn State Football: How to Win the Blue-White Game
1 week ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
If Penn State matches its 2017 spring game attendance of 71,000 at Saturday’s Blue-White Game in Beaver Stadium, it could likely finish in the Top 3 nationally in attendance-wise this year. [Read More]
Matt Millen Joins John Urschel in Lineup for Penn State Sports Analytics Conference
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Matt Millen Joins John Urschel in Lineup for Penn State Sports Analytics Conference
2 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
In addition to the two Penn State football greats, conference programs includes analytics professionals from the Steelers, Penguins, Phillies, Sixers and Mets, as well as Penn State. [Read More]
Penn State Football: Time & Respect at the Heart of CJF, OB Relationship
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Penn State Football: Time & Respect at the Heart of CJF, OB Relationship
2 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Their relationship — built on time and mutual respect and an overlapping love for Penn State and shared ownership of maintaining the tradition their shared predecessor, Joe Paterno, built — helping bring Bill O’Brien back to Happy Valley on Saturday. [Read More]
The Baseball Analogy That Helps Define Penn State Football This Spring
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The Baseball Analogy That Helps Define Penn State Football This Spring
2 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Here’s what a smart college football head coach once shared my way. “Just like in baseball,” he said, “you can judge the strength of a football team by what they have up the middle.” It’s an interesting yardstick for Penn State in 2018. [Read More]
Penn State Football: Ricky Rahne is Ready, Thanks to James & JoeMo
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Penn State Football: Ricky Rahne is Ready, Thanks to James & JoeMo
3 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
“Ricky combines tremendous work intelligence and work ethic. He’s an excellent communicator, teacher and motivator,” says Joe Moorhead. “The offense looked great in the bowl game and will continue to improve in the fall.” [Read More]
Penn State Backup QB Spot No Longer in Jeopardy: The Answer is Tommy Stevens
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Penn State Backup QB Spot No Longer in Jeopardy: The Answer is Tommy Stevens
3 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Q: Penn State quarterback who's played running back, receiver, wildcat, quarterback, tight end, wingback, punter, outside linebacker, safety and cornerback, in high school and college. A: You know who. [Read More]
Penn State Football: Status of Sanders, Running Backs? It's Complicated
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Penn State Football: Status of Sanders, Running Backs? It's Complicated
4 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Saquon Barkley is gone. Next man up? Miles Sanders. Or not. [Read More]
Penn State Football: McSorley First Down Connections Hidden Key to Polk’s First Team Slot
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Penn State Football: McSorley First Down Connections Hidden Key to Polk’s First Team Slot
4 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Of the eight passes Brandon Polk caught from his old high school quarterback in 2017, six went for first downs. That's highly efficient football. And they came on substantial gains as well — of 9, 15, 17, 18, 23 and 23 yards. [Read More]
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