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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 Football: What James Franklin May Value in an Offensive Coordinator (and What Mike Gundy Has to Do With It)
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Penn State Football: What James Franklin May Value in an Offensive Coordinator (and What Mike Gundy Has to Do With It)
15 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
We’ll soon see if James Franklin has a template — not just at offensive coordinator but in continuing with the RPO and an emphasis on explosive plays. It’s a downward trend: Since 2016, Penn State’s number of pass plays of 20 yards has gone from 65 to 59 to 49 to 39. [Read More]
Penn State Football’s Next Offensive Coordinator? The JoeMo RPO Coaching Tree Says It May Be Tyler Bowen
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Penn State Football’s Next Offensive Coordinator? The JoeMo RPO Coaching Tree Says It May Be Tyler Bowen
16 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Tyler Bowen is just about The Last Man Standing from the superific RPO reign of Joe Moorhead as quarterback coach and offensive coordinator at Penn State. Maybe he’ll be the Nittany Lions’ next O-coordinator. (Too young? Bowen’s 30...same age as Golden Boy Joe Brady.) [Read More]
Penn State Football: The Dollars & Success of James Franklin
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Penn State Football: The Dollars & Success of James Franklin
17 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Let’s say James Franklin’s third contract in a little less than six years is approved on Friday. It will mark his Day No. 2,156 as a Penn State employee. In that time he's won 55 games and one B10 title; made over $30 million; and helped PSU football gross a half-billion dollars. [Read More]
Penn State Football and James Franklin: Who Plays, Who Stays and How the Decisions are Connected
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Penn State Football and James Franklin: Who Plays, Who Stays and How the Decisions are Connected
17 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
You’re James Franklin. A surprisingly difficult 27-6 win over Rutgers is in hand. Thanks to a fumble recovery, your offense is about to take the field at the Rutgers 6-yard line, with 310 seconds remaining. Who do you insert at quarterback? [Read More]
Penn State Football: For Brown, It’s All About the Journey
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Penn State Football: For Brown, It’s All About the Journey
17 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Journey Brown carried a burden into Penn State’s game against Rutgers. His 17-year-old cousin had died last Sunday back in Brown’s hometown of Meadville. Brown channeled his emotion into a three-touchdown performance that led Penn State to victory. [Read More]
Penn State Football: The Blessing That is Rutgers
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Penn State Football: The Blessing That is Rutgers
18 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Penn State should beat the stuffing out of the Scarlet Knights on Saturday. Of course, so has everyone else. Since joining the Big Ten, Rutgers is 1-22 against the Big Four of the conference's East division. [Read More]
No Offense in The Horseshoe: How It Didn’t Line up for Penn State
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No Offense in The Horseshoe: How It Didn’t Line up for Penn State
18 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
COLUMBUS, Ohio — In crunch time here in The Horseshoe on Saturday, Penn State’s offense looked little like what was expected a year ago. [Read More]
For Penn State Football, Where There’s a Will Levis, There’s Almost a Way
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For Penn State Football, Where There’s a Will Levis, There’s Almost a Way
18 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
COLUMBUS, Ohio — For 24 minutes on what had been a heavy scarlet and very gray afternoon in The Horseshoe, backup quarterback Will Levis gave Penn State hope against what may be the best team in college football. [Read More]
Penn State Football: To Be Frank(lin) With You About Facing a Juggernaut That is Ohio State
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Penn State Football: To Be Frank(lin) With You About Facing a Juggernaut That is Ohio State
19 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
James Franklin has entered games as a big underdog in the past. Take Alabama in 2011. Please. On its way to a national title, the Tide sunk Vandy as a 29-point favorite. Then there was the time the Steelers beat Franklin and the Packers on their way to the Super Bowl. [Read More]
 Penn State’s Micah Parsons: ‘There’s No Hate’ for Ohio State
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Penn State’s Micah Parsons: ‘There’s No Hate’ for Ohio State
19 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Penn State linebacker Micah Parsons almost went to Ohio State. Even named his dog Brutus. “But,” in the words of Parsons shortly after Penn State defeated Indiana, “there’s no hate.” In fact, there’s big-time respect. [Read More]
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