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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: 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
13 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
14 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]
Penn State Football: What Happens When It’s Not Hamler Time
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Penn State Football: What Happens When It’s Not Hamler Time
14 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
KJ Hamler caught two passes for 52 yards in the first quarter vs. Indiana, then left after getting hit on a kickoff return. With Hamler sidelined, Penn State’s wide receivers made only three catches and Sean Clifford threw for just 107 yards. [Read More]
The Football Part of Penn State Football
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The Football Part of Penn State Football
14 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
In major college football, making real-time, pressure-packed decisions isn’t easy. It comes with the territory and may be the toughest part of the job. But of all the each and every 365 days in a year, it’s also the most important. [Read More]
Penn State Football: What James Franklin Needs
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Penn State Football: What James Franklin Needs
15 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
MINNEAPOLIS — Sure, in a battle of unbeaten teams here, Minnesota was the better prepared team. And executed better — on offense, defense and special teams. But that was one day. Penn State will be back. Because, under James Franklin, Penn State is back. [Read More]
Not to Be Picky, But Penn State Was More Than Two Yards Short
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Not to Be Picky, But Penn State Was More Than Two Yards Short
15 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
MINNEAPOLIS — Penn State was within two yards of beating Minnesota. But a penalty changed everything. Two plays later, it was all gone, gone, gone. Game, magical run, perfect record. [Read More]
How Good is Penn State’s (Very) Stingy Defense? Let Us Count the Ways
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How Good is Penn State’s (Very) Stingy Defense? Let Us Count the Ways
15 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
“Other than speed and depth,” I asked James Franklin this week, “what makes your defense so good?” James gave me the blanking man meme stare, waited a quick Johnny Carson-like half-beat, then deadpanned back: “Speed and depth.” Here are 14 more reasons... [Read More]
Penn State Football’s Tale of the Tape: Franklin vs. Fleck
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Penn State Football’s Tale of the Tape: Franklin vs. Fleck
16 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
PJ vs. CJF. We compare the head coaches in Saturday’s game between Penn State and Minnesota — from their Twitter status to catchphrases, from lifetime records to recruiting prowess. [Read More]
Penn State Football’s Lamont Wade: ‘I’ve Found Myself’
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Penn State Football’s Lamont Wade: ‘I’ve Found Myself’
16 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Forget the back story. Forget the two seasons with nary a start. His days at cornerback. His trip into — and back from — the transfer portal. Lamont Wade is playing in the present. And with confidence. [Read More]
Inside the Penn State Locker Room: How ‘The Process’ Really Works
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Inside the Penn State Locker Room: How ‘The Process’ Really Works
17 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
EAST LANSING, Mich. — How do his Penn State players respond to the process and messages of James Franklin? And why is this year different? Pat Freiermuth, Shaka Toney, Will Fries and Tariq Castro-Fields provide the answers. [Read More]
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