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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

Countdown to Blue-White / Day 2: Does Anyone Care About the Score? Countdown to Blue-White / Day 2: Does Anyone Care About the Score?
109 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Bill O'Brien's Blue-White Game scoring system isn't all that goofy after all -- they use variations at Northwestern and Wisconsin. Michigan doesn't even keep score in its scrimmage, Ohio State kicked seven straight PATs in its game and Michigan State is selling off press box seats. [Read More]
O’Brien’s Penn State Football Quarterback Decision: The Long Road Ahead
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O’Brien’s Penn State Football Quarterback Decision: The Long Road Ahead
110 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
While it's a football truism that when you have two starting quarterbacks you really have none, it is unlikely coach Bill O'Brien will turn over the keys to the Penn State offense to either Steven Bench or Tyler Ferguson any time soon. [Read More]
The Parallel Universes of Penn State Football
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The Parallel Universes of Penn State Football
110 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Bill O’Brien’s is a parallel universe, not only foreign to the Sandusky scandal aftermath, but to the rest of college football as well. [Read More]
Countdown to Blue-White / 9 Days: Penn State’s Top 5 Springtime Quarterback Battles Countdown to Blue-White / 9 Days: Penn State’s Top 5 Springtime Quarterback Battles
110 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
No matter who's the coach, at Penn State the fight to be the No. 1 quarterback is almost a rite of spring. Beginning with Todd Blackledge's (left) efforts in 1980, here's a look at some of the most heated competitions to win the starting quarterback job in Penn State history. [Read More]
Bill O’Brien: This is a Big Week for Penn State Football
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Bill O’Brien: This is a Big Week for Penn State Football
111 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
There is still a lot on the coach’s spring to-do list: Find a starting quarterback. Special teams help. Quality reps for young players. Finalizing starters. In the search for some answers, he will cram four practices into the next six days -- Monday then Wednesday then Friday then Saturday. [Read More]
On Average, Penn State Football’s Running Attack Needs More Than Just Zach
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On Average, Penn State Football’s Running Attack Needs More Than Just Zach
111 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Bill Belton and Akeel Lynch had their jerseys knotted up, exposing bare midriffs full of abs seemingly built on daily double doses of P90X. Their sleeves were tucked in, exposing biceps that would make even Marco Addis weep. My, they looked good. But can they play that way? [Read More]
Countdown to Blue-White / Day 16: A Dozen Gimmicks for Penn State’s Scrimmage Countdown to Blue-White / Day 16: A Dozen Gimmicks for Penn State’s Scrimmage
111 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
We offer up a few ideas about how to spice things up a bit in the upcoming Blue-White Game -- from mic'ing Bill to running Mike (Robinson, left), from texting play calls to having Matt at the McMic. [Read More]
Are Penn State Football’s Not-So-Dearly Departed Players Cursed?
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Are Penn State Football’s Not-So-Dearly Departed Players Cursed?
112 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Life hasn’t been all that great for many of the Penn State football players left the program over the past year. Since high-tailing it out of Happy Valley, more than a few have had a bad spell -- although the words hex, curse and whammy also come to mind. [Read More]
The Most Important Room in Penn State Football’s Lasch Building
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The Most Important Room in Penn State Football’s Lasch Building
112 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
This is the place where plays are learned, offenses are installed, game plans are introduced, games are won and contests are lost. And quarterbacks earn the starting job. The leather chairs are cushy. The atmosphere is not. [Read More]
Countdown to Blue-White / 23 Days: Bill O’Brien is No Longer the New Kid on the Big Ten Block Countdown to Blue-White / 23 Days: Bill O’Brien is No Longer the New Kid on the Big Ten Block
112 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Bill O’Brien these days is not quite as youthful as the "O'Bie" in his prep school yearbook photo, but he is still one of the young guns in the Big Ten Conference head coaching fraternity. [Read More]
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