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Mike Poorman

Mike Poorman has covered Penn State football since 1979. He is a senior lecturer in Penn State's College of Communications and teaches a pair of classes in the John Curley Center for Sports Journalism: “Sports Writing” and “Introduction to the Sports Industry.” He created and taught for several years the Center’s course on “Joe Paterno, Communications and The Media.” 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: Unmasking 10 New Identities for 2013
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Penn State Football: Unmasking 10 New Identities for 2013
107 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
"...The 2013 team has to create its own identity," Bill O'Brien said the other day. "It has to start pretty much right now." Possibilities: New uniforms, two-way players, a cap on captains, new leaders and less of a backfield Achilles Akeel. [Read More]
Penn State Football's Steven Bench: At Quarterback, No. 12 is the Loneliest Number
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Penn State Football's Steven Bench: At Quarterback, No. 12 is the Loneliest Number
107 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
As Nittany Lion freshman quarterback Steven Bench recently Tweeted, “They don’t know about me but they gone to find out." Consider this a start. [Read More]
Penn State Football: For Zach Zwinak, 1,000 Yards Beats Watching a Loss on TV Any Day
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Penn State Football: For Zach Zwinak, 1,000 Yards Beats Watching a Loss on TV Any Day
107 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Bucky the Badger is a good benchmark for Penn State football these days: Zach Zwinak watched Penn State's lopsided loss at Wisconsin last year on television. This year against Wisconsin, he ran for 179 yards and reached the 1,000-yard mark in an overtime victory. [Read More]
Penn State Football: Nittany Lions Win in Overtime, 24-21 Penn State Football: Nittany Lions Win in Overtime, 24-21
108 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Penn State beats Wisconsin in overtime, as Sam Ficken makes a 37-yard field goal. Zach Zwinak and Allen Robinson reach the 1,000-yard mark for rushing and receiving, respectively, as the Nittany Lions finish the season 8-4. [Read More]
Penn State Football: A Capsule Look at All 31 Nittany Lion Seniors for Today's Senior Day Penn State Football: A Capsule Look at All 31 Nittany Lion Seniors for Today's Senior Day
108 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
It will be a senior moment 30 minutes before kickoff against Wisconsin today in Beaver Stadium. In fact, there will be 31 of them, as the leaders of the 2012 Penn State football team will honored for their extraordinary contributions and commitments on and off the field. [Read More]
The 2012 Penn State Football Season: A Cold Beginning, a Zwinning Finish
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The 2012 Penn State Football Season: A Cold Beginning, a Zwinning Finish
108 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Penn State's players and coaches first took the practice field in the chill of Feb. 17, when it was darkest before the dawn. No one knew of players like Zach Zwinak, whose eventual success is not only a rush but personifies the 2012 Nittany Lions. [Read More]
Penn State Football: Matt McGloin's Hand-picked List of Top 12 Memories
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Penn State Football: Matt McGloin's Hand-picked List of Top 12 Memories
109 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
In 31 games overall, only 21 of them starts, the fifth-year senior from Scranton has established himself as the most prodigious passer in Penn State history. We look at McGloin's personal list of memorable moments, with his commentary along the way. [Read More]
Penn State Football: McGloin, Robinson Pass and Catch Records in 45-22 Win Over Indiana Penn State Football: McGloin, Robinson Pass and Catch Records in 45-22 Win Over Indiana
109 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Record-setting games by Nittany Lions Allen Robinson (three touchdown catches, 197 yards) and Matt McGloin (four touchdown passes, 395 yards passing) paced Penn State to a convincing 45-22 victory over Indiana in Beaver Stadium. [Read More]
Penn State Football Pre-game: What’s Playing Inside The Players’ Headphones
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Penn State Football Pre-game: What’s Playing Inside The Players’ Headphones
109 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Pearl Jam. Country rockers Florida Georgia. Rick Ross. #OneTeam? Not when it comes music. They may be a band of brothers, but nothing is as personal as what the Nittany Lions listen to before each game. [Read More]
Penn State Football: It's Going to be Like This for Awhile
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Penn State Football: It's Going to be Like This for Awhile
110 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
LINCOLN, Neb. -- One day you’re the only married guy on the team and you dive over the goal line holding the ball, scoring a touchdown, getting a 29-27 lead and maybe even a 7-3 record. The next day you’re Matt Lehman and you didn’t. [Read More]
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