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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

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?
44 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
45 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
45 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
46 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]
Penn State Football: Maryland is a PIA, But Not Really a Rival
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Penn State Football: Maryland is a PIA, But Not Really a Rival
46 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Excuse James Franklin if he slipped this week. The way he was going, it almost sounded as if Maryland is Penn State’s rival. Just not on autumn Saturdays, especially lately, as Penn State has bested the Terrapins 142 to 20 over the past three seasons. [Read More]
Penn State Football: Comparing James & Jim, Fast Starts, KJ, Bye Weeks, Trace & Cliff
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Penn State Football: Comparing James & Jim, Fast Starts, KJ, Bye Weeks, Trace & Cliff
46 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Let's compare 5 timely categories: Jim vs. James. Cliff vs. Trace. K.J. vs…K.J. (who else compares, right?). Post-bye week games at Vandy vs. post-bye week games at PSU. Fast starts since 1993. [Read More]
Penn State Football: Which Offense Will Emerge in 2019?
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Penn State Football: Which Offense Will Emerge in 2019?
47 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Which one is Penn State’s offense? a.) Pounded Idaho and Buffalo (second half) for 117 points and 948 yards in six quarters. OR b.) Struggled against Pitt and Buffalo (first half), scoring 24 points and gaining 471 yards in six quarters. [Read More]
Penn State Football: Lots to Like About Sean Clifford…But It’s Just the Start
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Penn State Football: Lots to Like About Sean Clifford…But It’s Just the Start
47 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Quarterback Sean Clifford is The Guy. 3-0 as a starter, with no picks, and developing into the latest version of the Lion King of the Long Ball. But he's not without his flaws, as Cliff himself quick admit. [Read More]
A Nardoozy of a Call: What Nittany Lions, Franklin Had to Say
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A Nardoozy of a Call: What Nittany Lions, Franklin Had to Say
47 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
What was Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi thinking on that fourth-and-1 call in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s Penn State-Pitt game? Or, was he thinking at all? Here’s what Penn State's players and head coach thought — as well as Narduzzi himself. [Read More]
What the Penn State-Pitt Series Meant to Me Back in 1982...and Still Does
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What the Penn State-Pitt Series Meant to Me Back in 1982...and Still Does
48 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
There were long lines of cars. It was cold. Pattee was big. The Nittany Lions beat Pitt. And we ate dinner at The Tavern. "This is Penn State," my Uncle Hal kept repeating to his three little nephews as he dragged them around for one, very long Penn State-filled day back in 1972. [Read More]
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