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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

With Citrus Bowl Set, Here is Penn State’s To-Do List for the Weeks Ahead
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With Citrus Bowl Set, Here is Penn State’s To-Do List for the Weeks Ahead
24 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Personnel changes — both players and coaches — may be in the offing, as a couple of Penn State players must decide by Jan. 14 if they want to declare for the NFL Draft (hello, Miles Sanders). Not to mention an early signing date, early enrollees, a convention and an anniversary. [Read More]
The Dollars & Sense of Assistant Coaches at Penn State & in the Big Ten
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The Dollars & Sense of Assistant Coaches at Penn State & in the Big Ten
24 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Assistant coaches may come and they may go, but in the end it’s usually about the money. In the Big Ten, Ohio State leads the pack by paying its 10 assistants a total of $7.6 million in 2018. [Read More]
For DeAndre Thompkins, The Catch to Penn State Was Arriving Early
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For DeAndre Thompkins, The Catch to Penn State Was Arriving Early
25 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Of all the Penn State players and coaches who ran out of the south end tunnel on Senior Day on Saturday, only two have had a longer continuous tenure at PSU than their head coach: DeAndre Thompkins and Chasz Wright. [Read More]
Prying Time? Penn State’s Defense Completes Best 3-Game Finish Since 1985
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Prying Time? Penn State’s Defense Completes Best 3-Game Finish Since 1985
25 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
The way the Nittany Lion defense finished the 2018 regular season — yielding just 20 points over the final three contests, the best such stretch by a PSU D since 1985 — it may be hard for James Franklin to keep D-coordinator Brent Pry. [Read More]
Better by Miles on Third Down, Penn State’s Offense is Getting a Pass-Due Makeover
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Better by Miles on Third Down, Penn State’s Offense is Getting a Pass-Due Makeover
26 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
In Penn State’s wins over Wisconsin and Rutgers, its offense has undergone a forced transformation to a run-oriented, eat-the-clock operation that has relied on Miles Sanders and a solid and suddenly opportunistic defense. [Read More]
Penn State’s James Franklin Takes a Seat at His Own Presser to Watch Maryland-Ohio State
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Penn State’s James Franklin Takes a Seat at His Own Presser to Watch Maryland-Ohio State
26 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
PISCATAWAY, N.J. — After his team defeated Rutgers 20-7 here, James Franklin watched the end of regulation of the Ohio State-Maryland nail-biter with a room full of reporters. Here's how it came about. [Read More]
Penn State: What Happened to James Franklin’s Rutgers, Rutgers, Rutgers?
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Penn State: What Happened to James Franklin’s Rutgers, Rutgers, Rutgers?
27 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
For the second consecutive week, James Franklin did not Tweet out his upcoming opponent in repetitive fashion. Where is the Penn State head coach’s weekly Opponent Tweet Repeat — is it MIA or RIP? [Read More]
Penn State Football: Tommy Stevens is (Still) an Enigma
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Penn State Football: Tommy Stevens is (Still) an Enigma
27 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
It’s been 75 games — and counting — since Penn State's starting quarterback was not named Christian Hackenberg or Trace McSorley. Is Tommy Stevens next in Lion? [Read More]
Penn State’s Offense Pays its IOU & Proves Possession is 9/10th of the Law
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Penn State’s Offense Pays its IOU & Proves Possession is 9/10th of the Law
27 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Penn State had its first- and third-longest scoring drives of 2018, and held onto the ball longer than any other game this season to limit Wisconsin to just 57 plays on the Nittany Lions’ way to a 22-10 victory in Beaver Stadium. [Read More]
Lately, Penn State is Lacking Complementary Football & RPO Compliments
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Lately, Penn State is Lacking Complementary Football & RPO Compliments
28 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
All is not OK with Penn State’s RPO, which James Franklin admitted “was one of my big concerns going to this offense — to make sure we did enough of those other things, so that when you’re playing a team like Wisconsin and you never see that from our own offense.” [Read More]
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