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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

The Curious Case of the Disappearing Penn State Offense
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The Curious Case of the Disappearing Penn State Offense
24 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Here’s what may be Penn State’s biggest weakness, at least in the games against real foes like Pitt, Iowa and Michigan in 2019: The Nittany Lion offense disappears. For long periods of time. [Read More]
Penn State Nips Michigan: Was it Luck…or the Residue of Design?
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Penn State Nips Michigan: Was it Luck…or the Residue of Design?
24 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Sometimes, you gotta be a little lucky. Like when you jump out to a 21-0 lead, but it takes Michigan wide receiver Ronnie Bell to drop a pass in the end zone in the final minutes to preserve a 28-21 win. [Read More]
Penn State’s Journey to Elite Began After 2016 Michigan Loss
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Penn State’s Journey to Elite Began After 2016 Michigan Loss
24 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Since its loss in Ann Arbor in 2016, Penn State is 35-7, with the fifth-best record in all of major college football. “You think about how much has changed from then,” James Franklin said this week, “how far we’ve come.” [Read More]
Penn State Football: Riding the Noah Cain Hype Train
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Penn State Football: Riding the Noah Cain Hype Train
25 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
In the fourth quarter of Penn State’s last two games — against Purdue and at Iowa — Noah Cain has had 23 carries for 149 yards, for a 6.5-yards per carry average, with 7 first downs and 2 touchdowns. That’s covering some lawn, boyz. [Read More]
Penn State Enters Iowa City Brimming with an Elite Level of Confidence
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Penn State Enters Iowa City Brimming with an Elite Level of Confidence
25 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
The past week has already been an extraordinary one for the Nittany Lions. And they’ve yet to set foot in Iowa, Iowa, Iowa. [Read More]
Beginning with Iowa, Penn State Faces Nation’s 4th-Toughest Schedule; Are the Lions Ready?
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Beginning with Iowa, Penn State Faces Nation’s 4th-Toughest Schedule; Are the Lions Ready?
26 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Is undefeated Penn State — one of 16 remaining undefeated FBS teams and now ranked No. 10 in the latest Associated Press poll — ready for the upcoming gauntlet? [Read More]
Should Noah Cain be Penn State’s No. 1 Running Back?
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Should Noah Cain be Penn State’s No. 1 Running Back?
26 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Noah Cain ran for 105 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries, and put the Nittany Lion offense on his back after eight straight failed drives. James Franklin noticed: “Obviously after today, you could make some arguments that maybe it’s Noah moving to the top of the depth chart.” [Read More]
Penn State Football: What James Franklin Likes About a Blowout
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Penn State Football: What James Franklin Likes About a Blowout
26 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
James Franklin's Nittany Lions have won 20 of their last 44 games by 20 points or more and rank No. 3 in the nation in point differential in 2019. He likes that for two reasons. [Read More]
Franklin, Penn State Football Face Purdue & HBO Cameras This Week
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Franklin, Penn State Football Face Purdue & HBO Cameras This Week
27 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
After an advance visit the week of the Pitt game, an HBO crew returns to campus to shoot the Nittany Lions for a 24/7 look at the PSU football program, which will chronicle Purdue game week and air next Wednesday. [Read More]
Penn State Football: KJ Impresses NFL Scouts, Former Nittany Lions
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Penn State Football: KJ Impresses NFL Scouts, Former Nittany Lions
27 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
COLLEGE PARK, MD. — The cadre of NFL scouts here in the Maryland Stadium press box on Friday night were ready this time. They were on KJ Alert. [Read More]
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