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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: What James Franklin Needs
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Penn State Football: What James Franklin Needs
1 day ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
MINNEAPOLIS — Sure, in a battle of unbeaten teams here, Minnesota was the better prepared team. And executed better — on offense, defense and special teams. But that was one day. Penn State will be back. Because, under James Franklin, Penn State is back. [Read More]
Not to Be Picky, But Penn State Was More Than Two Yards Short
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Not to Be Picky, But Penn State Was More Than Two Yards Short
2 days ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
MINNEAPOLIS — Penn State was within two yards of beating Minnesota. But a penalty changed everything. Two plays later, it was all gone, gone, gone. Game, magical run, perfect record. [Read More]
How Good is Penn State’s (Very) Stingy Defense? Let Us Count the Ways
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How Good is Penn State’s (Very) Stingy Defense? Let Us Count the Ways
4 days ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
“Other than speed and depth,” I asked James Franklin this week, “what makes your defense so good?” James gave me the blanking man meme stare, waited a quick Johnny Carson-like half-beat, then deadpanned back: “Speed and depth.” Here are 14 more reasons... [Read More]
Penn State Football’s Tale of the Tape: Franklin vs. Fleck
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Penn State Football’s Tale of the Tape: Franklin vs. Fleck
1 week ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
PJ vs. CJF. We compare the head coaches in Saturday’s game between Penn State and Minnesota — from their Twitter status to catchphrases, from lifetime records to recruiting prowess. [Read More]
Penn State Football’s Lamont Wade: ‘I’ve Found Myself’
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Penn State Football’s Lamont Wade: ‘I’ve Found Myself’
2 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Forget the back story. Forget the two seasons with nary a start. His days at cornerback. His trip into — and back from — the transfer portal. Lamont Wade is playing in the present. And with confidence. [Read More]
Inside the Penn State Locker Room: How ‘The Process’ Really Works
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Inside the Penn State Locker Room: How ‘The Process’ Really Works
2 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
EAST LANSING, Mich. — How do his Penn State players respond to the process and messages of James Franklin? And why is this year different? Pat Freiermuth, Shaka Toney, Will Fries and Tariq Castro-Fields provide the answers. [Read More]
After Reigning Over Sparty, Penn State is Now a Surprising 8 and Oh My
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After Reigning Over Sparty, Penn State is Now a Surprising 8 and Oh My
2 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
EAST LANSING, Mich. — If you predicted PSU to go 8-4, James Franklin knows who you are: “Every single one of our 700,000 alumni and every single one of you guys (the media) looked at this three-game stretch on our schedule and knew this was going to be a challenge.” [Read More]
Penn State’s Goal Line Stands are Becoming Habit-forming
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Penn State’s Goal Line Stands are Becoming Habit-forming
3 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
“We don’t need to say anything to each other,” says Nittany Lion safety Garrett Taylor recalled. “We all needed to elevate our level of play at the goal line. We all knew what’s at stake. We look at each other in the eyes and can kind of tell.” [Read More]
The Curious Case of the Disappearing Penn State Offense
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The Curious Case of the Disappearing Penn State Offense
3 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Here’s what may be Penn State’s biggest weakness, at least in the games against real foes like Pitt, Iowa and Michigan in 2019: The Nittany Lion offense disappears. For long periods of time. [Read More]
Penn State Nips Michigan: Was it Luck…or the Residue of Design?
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Penn State Nips Michigan: Was it Luck…or the Residue of Design?
3 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Sometimes, you gotta be a little lucky. Like when you jump out to a 21-0 lead, but it takes Michigan wide receiver Ronnie Bell to drop a pass in the end zone in the final minutes to preserve a 28-21 win. [Read More]
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