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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

For Penn State Seniors & Saquon, There’s No Place Like Beaver Stadium
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For Penn State Seniors & Saquon, There’s No Place Like Beaver Stadium
2 days ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Penn State is 14-0 at home over its last two seasons, and 20-1 in Beaver Stadium since Saquon Barkley came to town. For his part, Barkley has rushed for 1,908 yards and scored 27 touchdowns on his home turf. [Read More]
Penn State Football: Barkley Reigns Supreme in 56-44 Win Over Nebraska
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Penn State Football: Barkley Reigns Supreme in 56-44 Win Over Nebraska
3 days ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Saquon Barkley ran for 158 yards and scored three touchdowns — including a 65-yard run on his first carry of the contest — in what was likely his last game in Beaver Stadium. [Read More]
Penn State & Nebraska On Different Trajectories Since Last Meeting in 2013 Penn State & Nebraska On Different Trajectories Since Last Meeting in 2013
5 days ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
This Saturday’s contest in Beaver Stadium is not your father’s Penn State-Nebraska game. Or your grandfather’s. What’s past, it seems, is barely prologue these days. [Read More]
For Penn State Football, Patience is Personified In Smith & Hamilton
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For Penn State Football, Patience is Personified In Smith & Hamilton
1 week ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
“The times do get tough, but you’re able to get through them as long as you’re patient and continue working through it,” DaeSean Hamilton says. “And good things will pay off…” [Read More]
With Saquon Barkley, It's How He Carries Himself. And The Rush He Provides
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With Saquon Barkley, It's How He Carries Himself. And The Rush He Provides
2 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Saquon Barkley has averaged 100.76 yards rushing per game over his 17 contests in Beaver Stadium. In those games, with Barkley in the backfield, Penn State is 16-1. The Kid has lost once at home. Once. [Read More]
The Incontrovertible Truths About Penn State’s Losses to Ohio State & Michigan State
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The Incontrovertible Truths About Penn State’s Losses to Ohio State & Michigan State
2 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
EAST LANSING, Mich. — Penn State’s games at Ohio State and Michigan State were a quinella, a 1-2 bet, where the Nittany Lions led in each. But then, for a number of similar reasons — maybe even call them incontrovertible truths — they lost them both. [Read More]
Penn State Football: No Offense, But in Closing Lions Need to Do Better
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Penn State Football: No Offense, But in Closing Lions Need to Do Better
3 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Tied a combined 63-63 in the fourth quarter of his last nine games, James Franklin says, “We have to develop a finisher’s mentality. That’s coaches. That’s players. That’s everybody.” [Read More]
Saquon & The Heisman: Positive Campaign, Negative Yards
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Saquon & The Heisman: Positive Campaign, Negative Yards
3 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
A big chunk of Saquon Barkley’s inability to gain many rushing yards these days — other than those that he creates himself, the ultimate in millennial DIY — may be due to the last vestiges of the NCAA sanctions. Still, No. 26 is No. 1 in the Heisman race. [Read More]
Penn State Football: When an 11-Point, 4th-Quarter Lead Isn’t Enough
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Penn State Football: When an 11-Point, 4th-Quarter Lead Isn’t Enough
3 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
COLUMBUS, OHIO — “I knew we had to get another stop," PSU QB Trace McSorley said. "There was still plenty of time on the clock. We had to get another stop and we’d have to go down the field and get another field goal and put points on the board. We had a chance to.” [Read More]
Penn State vs. Ohio State: Why It’s So Big
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Penn State vs. Ohio State: Why It’s So Big
4 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Three networks are broadcasting their pre-game shows live from The Horseshoe on Saturday. The home team coach has a pair of nearly unprecedented amazing one-loss stretches. Urban Meyer’s sole loss in October at Ohio State? Penn State, 2016. [Read More]
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