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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: As Signing Date Looms, a Closer Look at Early Enrollment
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Penn State Football: As Signing Date Looms, a Closer Look at Early Enrollment
15 hours ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
“I think our mid-semester numbers are going to grow and I think that’s a trend that’s going to continue to get bigger and bigger,” James Franklin said earlier this year. “I see a lot of programs across the country are around the 10 number.” [Read More]
How ‘Special’ Were Penn State’s Special Teams in 2018? How ‘Special’ Were Penn State’s Special Teams in 2018?
4 days ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
In six of the nine major special teams categories where the NCAA tracks and compares statistics nationally, the Nittany Lions got worse from 2017 to 2018. [Read More]
18 Nuggets That Define Penn State Football in 2018
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18 Nuggets That Define Penn State Football in 2018
1 week ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
A sampling: Former assistants shine (no Joshing), Penn State’s passing game drops and drop-off, Trace McSorley’s run of success, Terry Killens’ return, James Franklin’s records both good and bad, and Penn State vs. the Diamondbacks back-to-back. [Read More]
Penn State Football Jumps to No. 2 in NCAA Home Attendance in 2018; Ohio State Down 5,548
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Penn State Football Jumps to No. 2 in NCAA Home Attendance in 2018; Ohio State Down 5,548
2 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Michigan ranked first in home attendance in 2018, averaging 110,737 fans, according to the NCAA. Penn State was second, at 105,485. Ohio State ranked third, but saw a big drop-off in attendance at The Horseshoe. [Read More]
With Citrus Bowl Set, Here is Penn State’s To-Do List for the Weeks Ahead
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With Citrus Bowl Set, Here is Penn State’s To-Do List for the Weeks Ahead
2 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Personnel changes — both players and coaches — may be in the offing, as a couple of Penn State players must decide by Jan. 14 if they want to declare for the NFL Draft (hello, Miles Sanders). Not to mention an early signing date, early enrollees, a convention and an anniversary. [Read More]
The Dollars & Sense of Assistant Coaches at Penn State & in the Big Ten
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The Dollars & Sense of Assistant Coaches at Penn State & in the Big Ten
2 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Assistant coaches may come and they may go, but in the end it’s usually about the money. In the Big Ten, Ohio State leads the pack by paying its 10 assistants a total of $7.6 million in 2018. [Read More]
For DeAndre Thompkins, The Catch to Penn State Was Arriving Early
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For DeAndre Thompkins, The Catch to Penn State Was Arriving Early
3 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Of all the Penn State players and coaches who ran out of the south end tunnel on Senior Day on Saturday, only two have had a longer continuous tenure at PSU than their head coach: DeAndre Thompkins and Chasz Wright. [Read More]
Prying Time? Penn State’s Defense Completes Best 3-Game Finish Since 1985
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Prying Time? Penn State’s Defense Completes Best 3-Game Finish Since 1985
3 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
The way the Nittany Lion defense finished the 2018 regular season — yielding just 20 points over the final three contests, the best such stretch by a PSU D since 1985 — it may be hard for James Franklin to keep D-coordinator Brent Pry. [Read More]
Better by Miles on Third Down, Penn State’s Offense is Getting a Pass-Due Makeover
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Better by Miles on Third Down, Penn State’s Offense is Getting a Pass-Due Makeover
4 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
In Penn State’s wins over Wisconsin and Rutgers, its offense has undergone a forced transformation to a run-oriented, eat-the-clock operation that has relied on Miles Sanders and a solid and suddenly opportunistic defense. [Read More]
Penn State’s James Franklin Takes a Seat at His Own Presser to Watch Maryland-Ohio State
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Penn State’s James Franklin Takes a Seat at His Own Presser to Watch Maryland-Ohio State
4 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
PISCATAWAY, N.J. — After his team defeated Rutgers 20-7 here, James Franklin watched the end of regulation of the Ohio State-Maryland nail-biter with a room full of reporters. Here's how it came about. [Read More]
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