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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 Basketball Loss to Purdue is Tip of the Iceberg
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Penn State Basketball Loss to Purdue is Tip of the Iceberg
42 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Will Penn State, now zero-for-10, go winless in the Big Ten Conference this season? Not a snowball’s chance in hell. Nonetheless, the Nittany Lions and Pat Chambers are in familiar, not-so-good territory. [Read More]
After Saquon, Which Penn Stater Had the Best NFL Rookie Season?
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After Saquon, Which Penn Stater Had the Best NFL Rookie Season?
42 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Saquon Barkley, DaeSean Hamilton (pictured), Mike Gesicki and Grant Haley were the only rookies in an 11-member class of Nittany Lion NFL rookies to earn a pro start in 2018. [Read More]
A Mobile Quarterback: Trace McSorley & the Tale of the NFL Tape A Mobile Quarterback: Trace McSorley & the Tale of the NFL Tape
43 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
“McSorley, not a big quarterback but a tough guy. Got a lot of Rich Gannon, Jeff Garcia in him. Bulldog, fighter-type quarterback,” Jon Gruden said at the Senior Bowl. “We’re looking for guys who can play and can do a lot of different things. And they come in all shapes and sizes.” [Read More]
Penn State Football: In Close Games, Franklin is Among the Best...and Worst
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Penn State Football: In Close Games, Franklin is Among the Best...and Worst
43 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
James Franklin is 15-13 in one-score games over his five years as head football coach at Penn State. Both numbers are among the leaders in the Big Ten Conference, and high in the pecking order of college football. [Read More]
Penn State Football in 2019: All the Numbers Point to a Rebuild & Not a Reload
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Penn State Football in 2019: All the Numbers Point to a Rebuild & Not a Reload
44 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
The Nittany Lions’ returning production on offense is its lowest ever for a Penn State team coached by James Franklin. Starting experience will be at a premium, as well. [Read More]
Penn State Football’s New Wide Receivers Coach Gerad Parker is Mic’d Up
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Penn State Football’s New Wide Receivers Coach Gerad Parker is Mic’d Up
44 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
A starting 11 bullet points about Penn State's new wide receivers coach, Gerad Parker, including a look at — and listen to — him on the practice field at his last stop, Duke. [Read More]
Penn State Football: With Franklin’s 5th Anniversary On Tap, Stability is the Key
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Penn State Football: With Franklin’s 5th Anniversary On Tap, Stability is the Key
45 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
It’s kind of odd that we’re talking about stability and Penn State football. After all, James Franklin just fired a guy 355 days after he was hired, having shifted him to a different position only 13 days after his first day on the job. [Read More]
2018 vs. 2017: Penn State’s Special Teams Fared Worse in 6 Categories, Better in 2
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2018 vs. 2017: Penn State’s Special Teams Fared Worse in 6 Categories, Better in 2
46 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
The Nittany Lions’ 2018 special-teams units were the second-worst in James Franklin’s five-year reign since he arrived at Penn State in 2014. The bright spot? K.J. Hamler ranks No. 12 in the nation in kickoff returns. [Read More]
Penn State Football: Inside Franklin’s Special Teams Conversation
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Penn State Football: Inside Franklin’s Special Teams Conversation
46 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
ORLANDO, Fla. — Here’s a scene from the Citrus Bowl on Tuesday that may tell you where James Franklin’s head is at regarding his special teams... [Read More]
Penn State Football: The Saddest Calamity of Them All
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Penn State Football: The Saddest Calamity of Them All
46 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
ORLANDO, Fla. — The book said go for the field goal, but the heart said let Trace McSorley give it one final shot and believe that he’ll find the way. McSorley thought so too: “If they had decided to go for it, I have confidence we would have made it.” [Read More]
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