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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

2018 vs. 2017: Penn State’s Special Teams Fared Worse in 6 Categories, Better in 2
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2018 vs. 2017: Penn State’s Special Teams Fared Worse in 6 Categories, Better in 2
20 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
The Nittany Lions’ 2018 special-teams units were the second-worst in James Franklin’s five-year reign since he arrived at Penn State in 2014. The bright spot? K.J. Hamler ranks No. 12 in the nation in kickoff returns. [Read More]
Penn State Football: Inside Franklin’s Special Teams Conversation
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Penn State Football: Inside Franklin’s Special Teams Conversation
20 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
ORLANDO, Fla. — Here’s a scene from the Citrus Bowl on Tuesday that may tell you where James Franklin’s head is at regarding his special teams... [Read More]
Penn State Football: The Saddest Calamity of Them All
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Penn State Football: The Saddest Calamity of Them All
20 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
ORLANDO, Fla. — The book said go for the field goal, but the heart said let Trace McSorley give it one final shot and believe that he’ll find the way. McSorley thought so too: “If they had decided to go for it, I have confidence we would have made it.” [Read More]
For Penn State Football, Citrus Bowl is the End of Era
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For Penn State Football, Citrus Bowl is the End of Era
21 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
ORLANDO, FLA. — The Nittany Lions have been on a run that began on January 1, 2016, in Jacksonville and will end here on January 1, 2019. Appropriately enough, Penn State has spent the week practicing at Celebration High. [Read More]
Penn State Football: Last Call at the Citrus Bowl; Which Lions are Leaving?
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Penn State Football: Last Call at the Citrus Bowl; Which Lions are Leaving?
21 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
When the final whistle blows in Orlando on Tuesday afternoon, a total of 19 Penn State players on the three-deep chart will begin the 2019 calendar year with a single year of college eligibility remaining. Who will go and who will stay? [Read More]
Tracing McSorley’s Path to His 100th Start in the Citrus Bowl with Gesicki, JoeMo & Prato
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Tracing McSorley’s Path to His 100th Start in the Citrus Bowl with Gesicki, JoeMo & Prato
22 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Richard Thomas McSorley III will start his 100th game as a quarterback in the Citrus Bowl on January 1. He was 55-5 as starter at Briar Woods High School, with three state titles. He is 31-8 as a starter at Penn State. That’s 86-13. And counting. [Read More]
Penn State Signing Day Notebook: Franklin’s New Man Crush, Low Line Numbers, Less Selling & My New Jersey Number
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Penn State Signing Day Notebook: Franklin’s New Man Crush, Low Line Numbers, Less Selling & My New Jersey Number
22 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Signing Day storylines: Ja’Juan Seider was the man of the hour, the Lion lines are a quart low, Penn State’s recruiting numbers speak for themselves and No. 26 has my name on it. [Read More]
Penn State Football: As Signing Date Looms, a Closer Look at Early Enrollment
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Penn State Football: As Signing Date Looms, a Closer Look at Early Enrollment
23 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
“I think our mid-semester numbers are going to grow and I think that’s a trend that’s going to continue to get bigger and bigger,” James Franklin said earlier this year. “I see a lot of programs across the country are around the 10 number.” [Read More]
How ‘Special’ Were Penn State’s Special Teams in 2018? How ‘Special’ Were Penn State’s Special Teams in 2018?
23 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
In six of the nine major special teams categories where the NCAA tracks and compares statistics nationally, the Nittany Lions got worse from 2017 to 2018. [Read More]
18 Nuggets That Define Penn State Football in 2018
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18 Nuggets That Define Penn State Football in 2018
24 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
A sampling: Former assistants shine (no Joshing), Penn State’s passing game drops and drop-off, Trace McSorley’s run of success, Terry Killens’ return, James Franklin’s records both good and bad, and Penn State vs. the Diamondbacks back-to-back. [Read More]
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