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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’s Full House: Five Running Backs, One Ball
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Penn State’s Full House: Five Running Backs, One Ball
26 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
If the Nittany Lions in 2019 plan to follow the 2017 Georgia model — and at least one PSU RB says they will — yet stick with the RPO, it’s hard to see where there will be enough carries to go around. [Read More]
What Kind of Quarterbacks do Penn State’s James Franklin & Ricky Rahne Like Best?
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What Kind of Quarterbacks do Penn State’s James Franklin & Ricky Rahne Like Best?
26 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
A few years ago, when I pointed out in a column that James Franklin’s QBs at Vandy did their share of running, the head coach then very quickly pointed out to me that he’s coached a fair number of drop-back passers in his career. [Read More]
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)
27 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
27 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
28 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
28 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?
28 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
29 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
29 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
30 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]
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