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Mike Poorman

Mike Poorman has covered Penn State football since 1979 -- the past seven seasons for StateCollege.com. 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: Hackenberg Shut Out of NFL Draft’s Round One
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Penn State Football: Hackenberg Shut Out of NFL Draft’s Round One
14 hours ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
On Sept. 14, 2013, in Beaver Stadium, Christian Hackenberg and Central Florida’s Blake Bortles -- the No. 3 pick in the 2014 NFL Draft -- were on near-even footing. Maybe they can be again. Just not on Thursday night. [Read More]
Penn State Football: NFL Agent Jim Ivler is Nittany Lion-Hearted
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Penn State Football: NFL Agent Jim Ivler is Nittany Lion-Hearted
5 days ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Penn State grad Jim Ivler of Sportstars has over 30 clients currently in the NFL whom he personally keeps tabs on. And while “his guys” aren’t all Penn Staters, about 30% are — including Tamba Hali (pictured, with Ivler and Hali’s son). [Read More]
Penn State Football: Which Players Will Be Leaders This Summer?
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Penn State Football: Which Players Will Be Leaders This Summer?
1 week ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
“Like I told them,” James Franklin said after the Blue-White Game, “they have to take ownership of this team from this point moving forward throughout the summer. They will be as good as they decide to be.” [Read More]
Penn State Football: No One Was Blue on Blue-White Weekend
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Penn State Football: No One Was Blue on Blue-White Weekend
2 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
It was like old times. No sanctions to be blue about. Or whited-out records. Foundations were laid for good work by Leah (photo, left) and Devon Still, as well as by MRob. So really, no one was blue? OK, maybe the White defense, which gave up 37. [Read More]
Penn State Football: Givens Quickly Growing Into Starring Role Penn State Football: Givens Quickly Growing Into Starring Role
2 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
“Kevin understands the game," says defensive coordinator Brent Pry. “He gets it. He understands blocking schemes. He’s a smart football player. He doesn’t say a whole lot. He’s been a real pleasant surprise and we’re really fortunate to have him.” [Read More]
Penn State Quarterbacks: McSorley’s Scouting Report on Stevens – and Vice Versa
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Penn State Quarterbacks: McSorley’s Scouting Report on Stevens – and Vice Versa
2 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Their responses told only part of the story. While Trace McSorley used the occasion to downplay any differences, Tommy Stevens – the younger of the two and sans any real-time college game experience – used the question to segue into a bit of a small stump speech for himself. [Read More]
Penn State Football: Quarterback Battle is More Competition Than Controversy
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Penn State Football: Quarterback Battle is More Competition Than Controversy
3 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
James Franklin has worked hard to keep the battle royale components of the QB race to a minimum. In part, it’s because the Nittany Lions’ offense is new, as is its offensive coordinator. [Read More]
Franklin’s Original Vandy Ten Still the Foundation for Penn State Football
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Franklin’s Original Vandy Ten Still the Foundation for Penn State Football
3 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Despite the offseason departure of three key assistants who were with James Franklin for the first five years of his head coaching life, the Nittany Lion leadership is still chock-full of former Vandy staffers who were in Nashville from the start. [Read More]
Penn State Football: There’s a Sense of Urgency, Then There’s Common Sense
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Penn State Football: There’s a Sense of Urgency, Then There’s Common Sense
4 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Michigan may have had the sanctions dictated by the ineptness of Brady Hoke, but Penn State is only now coming out of the more onerous sanctions imposed by the ineptness of Mark Emmert. Credit James Franklin for keeping his cool under fire – silly Twitter blocks aside. [Read More]
Penn State Football: Moorhead Making an Impact – Positively
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Penn State Football: Moorhead Making an Impact – Positively
4 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
“The offense this spring has come out with a different mindset, a very positive attitude,” says offensive tackle Andrew Nelson. “That starts with coach Moorhead...it gives guys a lot of hope right now.” [Read More]
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