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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: This Too Shall Pass …Just Not Right Now
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Penn State Football: This Too Shall Pass …Just Not Right Now
42 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
James Franklin must manage the present and build for the future, the latter by far his more favorite. In many ways, especially with a roster that is the second-youngest in major college football, the future is playing now. [Read More]
Penn State Football: How Christian Hackenberg’s Critics Don’t Count
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Penn State Football: How Christian Hackenberg’s Critics Don’t Count
42 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Christian Hackenberg is 62.5% of the Penn State offense, wins at a 40-pass rate his head coach has never seen before and is at his best on the final drive of the game. How's that for a start? [Read More]
Penn State Football: For James Franklin, 5 Ways Bye-Week was a Good Buy
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Penn State Football: For James Franklin, 5 Ways Bye-Week was a Good Buy
43 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Penn State coach James Franklin learned what to do with his off-weeks at his previous institution, where following bye weeks in 2012-13 his teams won at Missouri, against No. 15 Georgia and at Florida. [Read More]
From Ficken to Dickens: Great Expectations for Penn State Football
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From Ficken to Dickens: Great Expectations for Penn State Football
43 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
James Franklin has talked up Sam Ficken to the point where the kicker's past has been buried, his present included a captaincy and his future featured a game-winning field goal in Dublin. Yet, from 2001-2014, PSU has had just seven field goals blocked. All at the toe of Ficken. [Read More]
Penn State Football: Franklin's Promise x 9 — “We Will Get This Fixed”
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Penn State Football: Franklin's Promise x 9 — “We Will Get This Fixed”
44 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
James Franklin repeated that phrase nine times during his 10-minute, 8-second post-game press conference on Saturday. He didn’t share a timetable, but his fixation on fixing led you to think he meant days, not months. [Read More]
PSU Offense Isn’t Only Hackenberg, But 34-of-35 Stretch Proved Otherwise PSU Offense Isn’t Only Hackenberg, But 34-of-35 Stretch Proved Otherwise
44 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Of Penn State’s 71 plays against Northwestern, quarterback Christian Hackenberg produced 56 of them: 45 passes, 7 scrambles and 4 sacks. That’s 79%. At one point, 34 of 35 plays were all Hack Attack. [Read More]
We’ve Been Warned: James Franklin Plays ’em One Game at a Time
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We’ve Been Warned: James Franklin Plays ’em One Game at a Time
44 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Looking ahead? Penn State's head coach tries to focus his team, the media and fans solely on the next opponent. But to be Frank(lin) with you, he and his staff also take the long-range view. [Read More]
Fran Fisher is 91 Today. We're the Ones Getting Presence
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Fran Fisher is 91 Today. We're the Ones Getting Presence
45 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Fran Fisher is Penn State. Loyal and true blue, high ideals. Fran Fisher was all things Penn State as a broadcaster -- TV Quarterbacks, football, wrestling, basketball, radio call-in shows. Fran Fisher? He's a legend. [Read More]
AP Voters in Tennessee, Ohio & With FOX, ESPN, CBS Keep Penn State Off Their Ballots
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AP Voters in Tennessee, Ohio & With FOX, ESPN, CBS Keep Penn State Off Their Ballots
45 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Is it just a coincidence that voters from Ohio (home of the Ohio State Buckeyes) and Tennessee (home of Vanderbilt, James Franklin’s “previous institution”) didn’t cast a vote for Penn State in this week’s Associated Press poll? [Read More]
Penn State Football: It Was 4:29 p.m. -- Time for the Running Game to Wake Up Penn State Football: It Was 4:29 p.m. -- Time for the Running Game to Wake Up
45 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Penn State's ground game needed a boost, so the timing of Saturday’s outburst against UMass couldn’t have been better. The rush last 98 minutes on the clock, 27:05 on the field and five TDs on the scoreboard. [Read More]
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