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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: As a Leader, Trevor Williams is Cool Like Billy Dee
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Penn State Football: As a Leader, Trevor Williams is Cool Like Billy Dee
10 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
“Trevor’s just cool out there. He doesn’t make mistakes,” says defensive coordinator Bob Shoop. “He’s cool, he’s calculated. He just does his job. I feel so comfortable and so confident with him out there manning the field corner position.” [Read More]
Penn State Football: Shoop Not Defensive About Decision to Stay
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Penn State Football: Shoop Not Defensive About Decision to Stay
11 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Penn State football publicist Kris Petersen, who was trying to shoo Bob Shoop off to a team picnic, told the coach it was time for him to leave a post-game media session. “Ah, man,” Shoop said. “Do I have to go?” No, actually, he didn’t. So Shoop stayed. [Read More]
The Blue-White Game Star a Year Later: Inside the Football Soul of Cole Chiappialle
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The Blue-White Game Star a Year Later: Inside the Football Soul of Cole Chiappialle
11 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
The passing of his mother, two TDs in the Blue-White Game, two knee surgeries, 16 carries vs. UMass, a transfer to Shippensburg. Cole Chiappialle: “The past year was a whirlwind... I had ups and downs, but it was definitely fun. It's something I’ll always remember. It’s how life goes.” [Read More]
Penn State Football: Kicking Game is No Laughing Matter
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Penn State Football: Kicking Game is No Laughing Matter
12 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
“I see you guys making fun of us on social media and in your articles, talking about how many kickers and snappers and punters is Franklin going to bring in,” kidded James Franklin on Saturday. “We’ve got about 35 of them. It’s the biggest unit on the team.” [Read More]
Penn State Football: Thy Staff Comforts James Franklin
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Penn State Football: Thy Staff Comforts James Franklin
12 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Nearly all of James Franklin’s staff followed their leader and made the 698.2-mile journey from Nashville to State College. In all, 13 of Franklin’s top 14 Penn State assistants were with him at Vanderbilt at some point. [Read More]
Penn State Football: James Franklin Wants Duel (Not Dual) Threat Quarterbacks
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Penn State Football: James Franklin Wants Duel (Not Dual) Threat Quarterbacks
13 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
James Franklin is actually a pro at pro-style offenses. He does want duel threats – as in players who want to win. The dual-threat moniker that has been hung on him is somewhat of a misnomer. Proof positive: Jake Zembiec. [Read More]
Penn State Football: Can Zettel & AJ Rank Among the Top All-time DT Duos?
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Penn State Football: Can Zettel & AJ Rank Among the Top All-time DT Duos?
13 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Anthony Zettel and Austin Johnson are No. 98 and 99, respectively, in your program. And No. 1 in the hearts of coaches James Franklin and Sean Spencer, with lots of respect from their teammates who play across the line. [Read More]
Penn State Football Practice: Cue The Music, ‘Hey, It’s Franklin’
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Penn State Football Practice: Cue The Music, ‘Hey, It’s Franklin’
14 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
“Hey, how did you guys like that?” James Franklin grinned after a play as he sidled up to 230 inches and 810 pounds of giggling defensive linemen named Anthony Zettel, Garrett Sickels and Carl Nassib. [Read More]
Penn State Football: Time is The Essence of James Franklin
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Penn State Football: Time is The Essence of James Franklin
14 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Time waits for no man. But it does allow Penn State's head football coach to ride shotgun. Says James Franklin: “That’s one of the things I think we’re doing a better job of now -- protecting my time.” [Read More]
Blue-White Game Countdown / 26 Days: Penn State’s Need For Explosive Plays & Play-makers
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Blue-White Game Countdown / 26 Days: Penn State’s Need For Explosive Plays & Play-makers
15 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
After practice on Saturday, James Franklin was yacking it up about freshman wide receiver DeAndre Thompkins -- who could hold the key to YACs (yards after catches) and chunk plays (over 20 yards). [Read More]
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