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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

James Franklin’s Latest Hire for Penn State: The Idaho State Ties that Bind(er)
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James Franklin’s Latest Hire for Penn State: The Idaho State Ties that Bind(er)
18 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
James Franklin keeps a binder full of potential hires in case he has an opening. CJF didn’t need it when he brought on his newest assistant, Joe Lorig. Franklin just had to dig back into his memory bank from 20 years and 2,013 miles ago. [Read More]
A Spring Practice Cheat Sheet for Penn State Football
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A Spring Practice Cheat Sheet for Penn State Football
19 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
The Nittany Lions begin spring drills on Wednesday. Here are a dozen items that review and preview where they’re at on and off the field after last season’s 9-4 record and heading into 2019. [Read More]
Penn State’s Strength in 2019 Will be its Defense
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Penn State’s Strength in 2019 Will be its Defense
19 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Take away the Rose Bowl against USC, and over the final four games of the past three seasons — 11 games in all (again, not counting the Trojans) — Penn State’s defense has given up just 14.7 points per game. [Read More]
Penn State at the NFL Combine: Sanders, Oruwariye Move into PSU Top 12 All-time Lists
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Penn State at the NFL Combine: Sanders, Oruwariye Move into PSU Top 12 All-time Lists
20 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
The two former Nittany Lions both cracked the Top 12 all-time PSU NFL Combine record charts in three different events in Indianapolis, while Kevin Givens’ 32 bench reps are No. 2 in Penn State Combine history. [Read More]
Which Penn Staters Will Go to the 2020 NFL Combine?
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Which Penn Staters Will Go to the 2020 NFL Combine?
20 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Top contenders to earn an invite to Indy next year: • Current Nittany Lions Yetur Gross-Matos (left), Cam Brown, Tariq Castro-Fields and K.J. Hamler. • Former Penn Staters Juwan Johnson and Manny Bowen. [Read More]
For Penn State Football & Franklin, 5 Years Later & Opportunityisnowhere
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For Penn State Football & Franklin, 5 Years Later & Opportunityisnowhere
20 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Five years ago to this day — February 28, 2014 — James Franklin was the featured speaker at the Nike Coaches Clinic at the Breinigsville Holiday Inn. His message then is the same as it is now: Opportunityisnowhere. You decide what that means. [Read More]
Penn State Football is No. 3 in Big Ten NFL Combine Invites in Franklin Era
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Penn State Football is No. 3 in Big Ten NFL Combine Invites in Franklin Era
21 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
With 15 combined invitations over the past two years, including seven in 2019, Penn State ranks No. 3 in the Big Ten for NFL Combine participation in James Franklin’s tenure. [Read More]
Penn State Football Q&A: The Story Behind the Tweet that was Burning a Hole in Julian Fleming‘s Pocket
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Penn State Football Q&A: The Story Behind the Tweet that was Burning a Hole in Julian Fleming‘s Pocket
21 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
A Q&A with coveted high school wide receiver Julian Fleming, Penn State’s top target for its Class of 2020 and what went into his decision last weekend to Tweet out his list of Final Six programs. [Read More]
Penn State Football: James Franklin’s Work Ethic is a Staple in More Ways Than One
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Penn State Football: James Franklin’s Work Ethic is a Staple in More Ways Than One
22 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
HARRISBURG — James Franklin told the Mr. PA Football banquet audience here Saturday that he's never missed day of work in 24 years of coaching. And that includes when he recently had 11 staples gunned to the top of his head. [Read More]
Big Night for Julian Fleming: Nation’s No. 1 Receiver & Penn State Prospect Narrows List to 6, Wins Mr. PA Football
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Big Night for Julian Fleming: Nation’s No. 1 Receiver & Penn State Prospect Narrows List to 6, Wins Mr. PA Football
22 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
HARRISBURG — As the No. 1 high school wide receiver prospect in the country, Julian Fleming is certainly adept on the football field. Saturday night here at the annual Mr. Football awards program, we learned he is equally as smooth off it. [Read More]
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