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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: Why Everybody Loves Joey and Blake
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Penn State Football: Why Everybody Loves Joey and Blake
4 days ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Joey Julius, in big part, because of his big hits after he kicks off. And Blake Gillikin for his ginormous and wondrous array of punts. That’s not all. Their numbers -- in games and on the Internet -- are staggering. [Read More]
Penn State Football: Golden is the Last of a Dying Breed Penn State Football: Golden is the Last of a Dying Breed
4 days ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- With all three veteran linebackers down, and leadership in short supply, safety Malik Golden is not only Penn State’s top tackler, he’s also the one who is holding the defense together. [Read More]
Penn State Football: How to Close The Gap
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Penn State Football: How to Close The Gap
1 week ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
“You’re always going to have a portion of the guys that believe whoever we play, whether it’s the Packers or the Steelers or the Eagles, that we’re going to beat them if we play,” James Franklin says. “Then there is that group that’s on the fence that you need to convince.” [Read More]
Penn State Football: Taking Pry(de) In a Shorthanded Effort on Defense
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Penn State Football: Taking Pry(de) In a Shorthanded Effort on Defense
2 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
“The guys collectively set their jaws, got down and dirty, and were determined to play well,” said defensive coordinator Brent Pry. “We made some mistakes, but they were aggressive mistakes.” [Read More]
Penn State Football: The Uncommon Story of Amazing Mr. Smith
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Penn State Football: The Uncommon Story of Amazing Mr. Smith
2 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
In a story almost too good to be true, a senior linebacker came off the bench and had eight tackles to lead a depleted Nittany Lion defense and help Penn State defeat Temple, 34-27. And that’s not even the half of it. [Read More]
Penn State Football: In Praise of the Players
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Penn State Football: In Praise of the Players
2 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
This weekend, the celebrations and commemorations and reunions are ostensibly focused on the players. And that’s a good idea indeed. Coaches form players. Players form communities. It all reflects on Penn State. [Read More]
Penn State Football: Why a Win Over Temple Counts Double
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Penn State Football: Why a Win Over Temple Counts Double
3 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
If Penn State beats Temple, then the nail-biting loss to Pitt will likely be seen in the context of the moral victory category. But a loss to the Owls, paired with that defeat in Pittsburgh, will be remembered as more of a daily double of doom. [Read More]
Penn State Football: When McSorley’s Back is Against the Wall
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Penn State Football: When McSorley’s Back is Against the Wall
3 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
PITTSBURGH -- Less than 30 minutes after an abrupt end to Saturday's game vs. Pitt, Trace McSorley was standing in the bowels of Heinz Field. He stood tall in the pocket, even against Tony Dorsett. [Read More]
The Biggest Play in Penn State-Pitt History? Kenny Jackson’s Catch
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The Biggest Play in Penn State-Pitt History? Kenny Jackson’s Catch
3 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
“I’ve never seen anything like it, before or since,” Jackson said this week. “I was in a-whole-nother world. Like Stephen Curry in basketball, I was in a zone. The whole game was like in slow motion for me.” [Read More]
Penn State Football: Franklin Knows a Thing or Two About Winning Rivalry Games
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Penn State Football: Franklin Knows a Thing or Two About Winning Rivalry Games
3 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Make no mistake about it, Penn State’s head coach understands rivalry games. Take Vanderbilt vs. Tennessee. It’s a game that has been played 110 times, with Vandy winning just 30 times. Two of them were under Franklin. [Read More]
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