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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

Why Penn State’s Players are Excited Tyler Bowen is Interim Offensive Coordinator…and Where That Algorithm Leads Us
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Why Penn State’s Players are Excited Tyler Bowen is Interim Offensive Coordinator…and Where That Algorithm Leads Us
29 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
“I think Coach Bowen is a very aggressive play-caller,” says tight end Pat Freiermuth. “He likes to get shots downfield. He has the mentality where he expects us to make plays. We’re going to go to the bowl and expect to make big plays.” [Read More]
Penn State Football: 10 Things to Know About Kirk Campbell, the Nittany Lions’ New Interim QB Coach
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Penn State Football: 10 Things to Know About Kirk Campbell, the Nittany Lions’ New Interim QB Coach
30 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Kirk Campbell has ascended to Penn State’s interim quarterbacks coach position, following the departure of Ricky Rahne. His wife Lauren is Director of Social Media & Creative for Penn State football. [Read More]
What James Franklin Says About His Penn State Contract, a New Coordinator and Bowl Play-Calling…Coming on Friday?
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What James Franklin Says About His Penn State Contract, a New Coordinator and Bowl Play-Calling…Coming on Friday?
30 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
What does Penn State coach James Franklin have to say about big questions regarding his new contract and potential dealings with Florida State, the hiring of a new offensive coordinator and who will call the plays in the Cotton Bowl? We’ll soon find out. [Read More]
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)
30 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
31 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
32 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
32 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
32 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
33 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
33 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]
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