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Mike Poorman

Mike Poorman has covered Penn State football 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: James Franklin’s Relationship with McSorley is ‘Critical’
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Penn State Football: James Franklin’s Relationship with McSorley is ‘Critical’
3 days ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
“It’s huge having our relationship dating back to four-five years, however long that has been,” says Trace McSorley (left). “I’m com- fortable around Coach Franklin.” [Read More]
How Hyped is Penn State Football for the Pitt Game?
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How Hyped is Penn State Football for the Pitt Game?
6 days ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
When Penn State faces hated rival Pitt at Heinz Field on Sept. 10, it will have been 5,833 days since the two rivals last met on the football field. How’s that for a pre-game build-up? [Read More]
Penn State Football: The Mane Thing in the Secondary
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Penn State Football: The Mane Thing in the Secondary
1 week ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
It’s the golden era of hair for the Nittany Lions. Taking a cue from wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton, the PSU defensive backs have a look that’s good for both branding and bonding. [Read More]
Penn State Football: Which D-tackle Cothran/Cothren is Which?
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Penn State Football: Which D-tackle Cothran/Cothren is Which?
2 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Parker and Curtis know each other better than anyone. We put that inside (the defensive line) info to the test during media day, when we pulled them aside and polled each one on the other Cothra(e)n. [Read More]
Penn State Football: Teammates Tab Blacknall as 2016’s ‘Breakout Player’
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Penn State Football: Teammates Tab Blacknall as 2016’s ‘Breakout Player’
3 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
“Saaed Blacknall, Number 13,” said fellow receiver DaeSean Hamilton. “You probably heard that all day, right? He’s one of the biggest freaks on the team.” [Read More]
Penn State Football: What McSorley Learned By Watching The Bachlorette (and Christian Hackenberg)
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Penn State Football: What McSorley Learned By Watching The Bachlorette (and Christian Hackenberg)
3 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
To be a big-league quarterback, on and off the field, you need to be smart, a competitor, able to withstand pressure, perform on the big stage and come through in the clutch. It also helps to be charismatic and focused. [Read More]
Penn State Football: James Franklin’s Learning Curve
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Penn State Football: James Franklin’s Learning Curve
3 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
For Penn State, there has been plenty of water under the dam over the past half-decade. But Nittany Lion football is whole again. That’s different. So is their head coach. [Read More]
How Zordich, Mauti & Penn State Handled the Ultimate in Negative Recruiting
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How Zordich, Mauti & Penn State Handled the Ultimate in Negative Recruiting
4 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
"All of a sudden, every camera in the world was pointed at us and there were people trying to get us to leave,” said Michael Zordich. “There were these sanctions. It’s hard for people to understand because they weren’t there. It was a very wild time.” [Read More]
Penn State Football: Sickels’ Pickle is a Lion Defensive Line Rarity
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Penn State Football: Sickels’ Pickle is a Lion Defensive Line Rarity
4 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Garrett Sickels is the sole survivor of the latest, greatest Penn State defensive line. Not that there’s anything wrong with that...is there? [Read More]
Penn State Football: Gaia Accustomed to Playing with One Hand Behind his Back
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Penn State Football: Gaia Accustomed to Playing with One Hand Behind his Back
5 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
After switching from defense to offense midway through his career, Brian Gaia is now making another big transition for the Nittany Lions. So far, it’s been a snap. [Read More]
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