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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

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
37 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]
After Reigning Over Sparty, Penn State is Now a Surprising 8 and Oh My
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After Reigning Over Sparty, Penn State is Now a Surprising 8 and Oh My
37 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
EAST LANSING, Mich. — If you predicted PSU to go 8-4, James Franklin knows who you are: “Every single one of our 700,000 alumni and every single one of you guys (the media) looked at this three-game stretch on our schedule and knew this was going to be a challenge.” [Read More]
Penn State’s Goal Line Stands are Becoming Habit-forming
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Penn State’s Goal Line Stands are Becoming Habit-forming
37 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
“We don’t need to say anything to each other,” says Nittany Lion safety Garrett Taylor recalled. “We all needed to elevate our level of play at the goal line. We all knew what’s at stake. We look at each other in the eyes and can kind of tell.” [Read More]
The Curious Case of the Disappearing Penn State Offense
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The Curious Case of the Disappearing Penn State Offense
38 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?
38 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
39 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
39 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
40 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?
40 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?
40 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]
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