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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: For Openers, a Record Lion’s Share of Youth
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Penn State Football: For Openers, a Record Lion’s Share of Youth
37 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
The Penn State players who saw action vs. App State were James Franklin’s youngest group since he arrived in Happy Valley in 2014 — 10 first-time starters, 8 true freshmen and 17 first PSU appearances. [Read More]
Penn State Football: The Real KJ Hamler That Even James Franklin Didn’t Know
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Penn State Football: The Real KJ Hamler That Even James Franklin Didn’t Know
37 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
“When I talk stuff in practice, I do it for the fun,” says KJ Hamler, the star of Penn State’s overtime win over App State. “I do it with my boys. I’ve never been the type to talk stuff in a game. I’m just centered. I’ll just show you by my actions.” [Read More]
Penn State Football: Going to the Bank a Little Early
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Penn State Football: Going to the Bank a Little Early
37 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
“I mentioned to the team,” James Franklin said on Saturday after No. 10 Penn State beat App State, 45-38, in overtime, “ ‘You look at any really good season, there’s always a win like that, where you had to overcome adversity in a gritty win. You had to fight it out and stick together.’ [Read More]
Penn State Football: Who Runs the Locker Room? The Players Open Up
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Penn State Football: Who Runs the Locker Room? The Players Open Up
37 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
“As coaches, we always know when we’re going to have a good team,” says Penn State cornerbacks coach Terry Smith. “It’s when the players are controlling the locker room. It’s not when the coaches are going in there.” [Read More]
Penn State Football: For Franklin, How Upsetting is Appalachian State’s History?
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Penn State Football: For Franklin, How Upsetting is Appalachian State’s History?
38 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
James Franklin won’t show his players Appalachian State’s historic upset of No. 5 Michigan in Ann Arbor in 2007. “But,” he says, “I will talk about it with them.” [Read More]
Penn State Football: Under Sean Spencer, Chaos on the D-Line is a Good Thing
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Penn State Football: Under Sean Spencer, Chaos on the D-Line is a Good Thing
38 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
“Going forward, this is a big step for me, to go from D-line coach to run game coordinator to now associate head coach,” Sean Spencer says. “It’s something I’m very honored to have been asked to do.” [Read More]
Penn State Football: With Stevens in a Boot, a New Cliff(ord)-Hanger at QB
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Penn State Football: With Stevens in a Boot, a New Cliff(ord)-Hanger at QB
39 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Even if Tommy Stevens is ready in two weeks for Penn State’s Sept. 1 season-opener vs. Appalachian State, the spotlight will now shine a bit brighter on No. 3 quarterback Sean Clifford. [Read More]
Penn State Football Captains: The Yin & Yang of Nick Scott & Trace McSorley
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Penn State Football Captains: The Yin & Yang of Nick Scott & Trace McSorley
39 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Quarterback Trace McSorley is not only complimentary of safety Nick Scott. He’s also complementary. They are fire and ice. Earth and sun. Super nova and super-sub. They are Nittanyin and Nittanyang — inseparable yet contradictory opposites. [Read More]
DeAndre Thompkins’ Penn State Credo: “The Loudest Guy in the Room is the Weakest”
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DeAndre Thompkins’ Penn State Credo: “The Loudest Guy in the Room is the Weakest”
40 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Wide receiver/punt returner DeAndre Thompkins does things in a big way — but with a small voice. Big as in punt returns, where in 2017 his average of 13.3 yards per return was No. 5 in the country and tops in the Big Ten. [Read More]
New Penn State Coordinator Ricky Rahne Answers: ‘Whose Offense Is It, Anyway?’
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New Penn State Coordinator Ricky Rahne Answers: ‘Whose Offense Is It, Anyway?’
40 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
“No matter who comes or who goes, it’s always going to be Penn State’s offense,” says Ricky Rahne. “It’s one of the beauties of this place and the Penn State football program: No one person is bigger than the program.” [Read More]
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