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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: Riding the Noah Cain Hype Train
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Penn State Football: Riding the Noah Cain Hype Train
3 days ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
In the fourth quarter of Penn State’s last two games — against Purdue and at Iowa — Noah Cain has had 23 carries for 149 yards, for a 6.5-yards per carry average, with 7 first downs and 2 touchdowns. That’s covering some lawn, boyz. [Read More]
Penn State Enters Iowa City Brimming with an Elite Level of Confidence
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Penn State Enters Iowa City Brimming with an Elite Level of Confidence
6 days ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
The past week has already been an extraordinary one for the Nittany Lions. And they’ve yet to set foot in Iowa, Iowa, Iowa. [Read More]
Beginning with Iowa, Penn State Faces Nation’s 4th-Toughest Schedule; Are the Lions Ready?
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Beginning with Iowa, Penn State Faces Nation’s 4th-Toughest Schedule; Are the Lions Ready?
1 week ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Is undefeated Penn State — one of 16 remaining undefeated FBS teams and now ranked No. 10 in the latest Associated Press poll — ready for the upcoming gauntlet? [Read More]
Should Noah Cain be Penn State’s No. 1 Running Back?
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Should Noah Cain be Penn State’s No. 1 Running Back?
2 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Noah Cain ran for 105 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries, and put the Nittany Lion offense on his back after eight straight failed drives. James Franklin noticed: “Obviously after today, you could make some arguments that maybe it’s Noah moving to the top of the depth chart.” [Read More]
Penn State Football: What James Franklin Likes About a Blowout
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Penn State Football: What James Franklin Likes About a Blowout
2 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
James Franklin's Nittany Lions have won 20 of their last 44 games by 20 points or more and rank No. 3 in the nation in point differential in 2019. He likes that for two reasons. [Read More]
Franklin, Penn State Football Face Purdue & HBO Cameras This Week
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Franklin, Penn State Football Face Purdue & HBO Cameras This Week
2 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
After an advance visit the week of the Pitt game, an HBO crew returns to campus to shoot the Nittany Lions for a 24/7 look at the PSU football program, which will chronicle Purdue game week and air next Wednesday. [Read More]
Penn State Football: KJ Impresses NFL Scouts, Former Nittany Lions
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Penn State Football: KJ Impresses NFL Scouts, Former Nittany Lions
3 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
COLLEGE PARK, MD. — The cadre of NFL scouts here in the Maryland Stadium press box on Friday night were ready this time. They were on KJ Alert. [Read More]
Penn State Football: Maryland is a PIA, But Not Really a Rival
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Penn State Football: Maryland is a PIA, But Not Really a Rival
3 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Excuse James Franklin if he slipped this week. The way he was going, it almost sounded as if Maryland is Penn State’s rival. Just not on autumn Saturdays, especially lately, as Penn State has bested the Terrapins 142 to 20 over the past three seasons. [Read More]
Penn State Football: Comparing James & Jim, Fast Starts, KJ, Bye Weeks, Trace & Cliff
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Penn State Football: Comparing James & Jim, Fast Starts, KJ, Bye Weeks, Trace & Cliff
3 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Let's compare 5 timely categories: Jim vs. James. Cliff vs. Trace. K.J. vs…K.J. (who else compares, right?). Post-bye week games at Vandy vs. post-bye week games at PSU. Fast starts since 1993. [Read More]
Penn State Football: Which Offense Will Emerge in 2019?
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Penn State Football: Which Offense Will Emerge in 2019?
4 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Which one is Penn State’s offense? a.) Pounded Idaho and Buffalo (second half) for 117 points and 948 yards in six quarters. OR b.) Struggled against Pitt and Buffalo (first half), scoring 24 points and gaining 471 yards in six quarters. [Read More]
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