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Mike Poorman has covered Penn State football since 1979 -- the past seven seasons for StateCollege.com. 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 Football Starting to Display a Nitty Gritty Identity
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Penn State Football Starting to Display a Nitty Gritty Identity
35 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
After fighting off injuries, miscues, inexperience, big-money runs by a Penny from SDSU and a scant-and-scary 27-21 lead heading into the fourth quarter, Penn State’s players showed something to their head coach. And themselves. [Read More]
Penn State Football: Versatile Chris Godwin a Big Reason for Good Win Penn State Football: Versatile Chris Godwin a Big Reason for Good Win
35 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
“I just tried to do whatever I could do today,” Chris Godwin said, “to help my team come out with a victory -- whether I was recovering fumbles, tackling, making catches or blocking.” [Read More]
Penn State Football: Veteran Assistant Coaches Have James Franklin’s Back
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Penn State Football: Veteran Assistant Coaches Have James Franklin’s Back
35 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Veteran assistant coaches like Bob Shoop (in the white jacket, with No. 7 Koa Farmer) and Brent Pry and Herb Hand show by telling that the most important part of coaching is still teaching. [Read More]
Penn State Football: Christian Hackenberg, Game Manager? It May Work Out in the End
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Penn State Football: Christian Hackenberg, Game Manager? It May Work Out in the End
36 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
If Penn State is going to have any success later in the season, its offense is going to need a running game. They didn’t last year and paid for it with a 2-6 stretch. That’s a number James Franklin certainly bench-marked. [Read More]
Penn State Football: Lynch & Barkley Symbolize Franklin’s Biggest Challenge
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Penn State Football: Lynch & Barkley Symbolize Franklin’s Biggest Challenge
36 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
The challenge at Penn State, among the many faced by James Franklin, is creating a world where Akeel Lynch and Saquon Barkley not only co-exist, but also thrive. Off the field? That challenge continues as well, for all of the Nittany Lions. [Read More]
Penn State, Big Ten Fight a Flood of Instability
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Penn State, Big Ten Fight a Flood of Instability
36 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
The shelf-life of a Big Ten head coach is uncertain these days. So is figuring out which Penn State team is going to show up. [Read More]
Penn State Football’s Next Big Star? Saquon Barkley May Have What It Takes
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Penn State Football’s Next Big Star? Saquon Barkley May Have What It Takes
37 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
The freshman running back has shown that he’s different. He not only gains yards, but like the biggest stars of Penn State football's past he has the potential to be a singularly sensation who can excite his teammates. [Read More]
Saquon Barkley's Quantum Leap Sparks Penn State's 27-14 Win Over Buffalo Saquon Barkley's Quantum Leap Sparks Penn State's 27-14 Win Over Buffalo
37 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Freshman running back Saquon Barkley ran for 115 yards and a touchdown on just a dozen carries, all in the second half, to lead Penn State past Buffalo in Beaver Stadium. "I thought he gave us a spark," said James Franklin, "and did some exciting things." [Read More]
No Offense, But Franklin-Donovan History Doesn’t Show Big Numbers
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No Offense, But Franklin-Donovan History Doesn’t Show Big Numbers
37 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
This is Year No. 8 and School No. 3 for James Franklin and John Donovan working side by side on the offensive side of the ball. On average, their offenses have rarely been as good as average – at least not statistically. [Read More]
The 20 Worst Losses in Penn State Football History & What Happened Next
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The 20 Worst Losses in Penn State Football History & What Happened Next
38 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
We're talking about terrible thumpings, bad beat-downs and embarrassing endings. Plus, a few stinky squeakers like The 6 to 4 Game, the 1979 Sugar Bowl, the blasphemy of losing to Beckman in 2014. [Read More]
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