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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’s Beaver Stadium Advantage: 16-Win Home Streak Ranks No. 3
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Penn State’s Beaver Stadium Advantage: 16-Win Home Streak Ranks No. 3
57 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
When Ohio State’s Urban Renewal Project hits campus for the WhiteOut on Sept. 29, it will be 1,043 days since PSU last lost in Beaver Stadium. Only Alabama (20) and USC (17) have longer active home winning streaks. [Read More]
Penn State’s Odd Couple: KJ May be a PIA, but Thompkins Likes Him Anyway
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Penn State’s Odd Couple: KJ May be a PIA, but Thompkins Likes Him Anyway
57 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Penn State’s thrilling kick-returning, TD-pass catching duo of DeAndre Thompkins and KJ Hamler couldn’t be more different. They’re separated by 45 months, half a continent and about a million syllables. [Read More]
For Penn State Football, It’s Not Too Early to Think About Ohio State
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For Penn State Football, It’s Not Too Early to Think About Ohio State
58 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Advance planning is key when the games come fast and furious. In 2018, the Nittany Lions will play 12 games in 84 days — and two in the six days from this Saturday against Kent State to next Friday night against the Illini. [Read More]
Trace McSorley is Zeroing in on Penn State Records for Quarterback Wins and Starts
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Trace McSorley is Zeroing in on Penn State Records for Quarterback Wins and Starts
58 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Trace McSorley is 24-5 as Penn State’s starting quarterback. “He is the captain of the ship,” says Miles Sanders. “He keeps us going. He just stays positive...We go as Trace goes.” [Read More]
Penn State Football’s 25-Game Stretch is a Model of Consistency
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Penn State Football’s 25-Game Stretch is a Model of Consistency
58 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
James Franklin is a creature of habit, borne of preparation, a bit of fear, some OCD and a big dose of micro-managerism. He does not like surprises. And he has taught his players that approach is a good thing — made easier to do when you’re on a 22-3 tear. [Read More]
Penn State Football: It Was a (Nar)Doozy of a Game for a Pitt
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Penn State Football: It Was a (Nar)Doozy of a Game for a Pitt
58 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Pitt can only blame ittself. And itts head coach. Patt Narduzzi did, after all: "I want to do is apologize to the Pitt Nation out there. That was not Pitt football right there....It starts with me.” [Read More]
Penn State vs. Pitt Football: Just the (Rivalry) Facts
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Penn State vs. Pitt Football: Just the (Rivalry) Facts
59 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Penn State has played 156 different opponents over 132 seasons. Penn State has played Pitt twice as many times as any other opponent, but two. Penn State has more wins...and losses...against Pitt than any other team. Joe's failed attempt at an Eastern conference. 48-14. [Read More]
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
59 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
59 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
59 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]
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