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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

ESPN Power Index Has Penn State Going 2-1 for Season-Defining Stretch
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ESPN Power Index Has Penn State Going 2-1 for Season-Defining Stretch
39 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
For Penn State, it’s now a three-game season: Iowa this Saturday at home, Michigan in The Big House and Wisconsin back home. All three teams are on a roll. Not counting games vs. each other, combined they have won their last 16 contests. [Read More]
See Trace Run: McSorley Rushes Toward Exclusive 9,000/2,000 Club
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See Trace Run: McSorley Rushes Toward Exclusive 9,000/2,000 Club
39 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
BLOOMINGTON, IND. — Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley ran for 107 yards and two TDs vs. Indiana on Saturday. He isn't zeroing in on the exclusive 9,000-yard passing/2,000-yard running club because he wants to. It’s because he has to. [Read More]
4 Critical Areas Where James Franklin Says Penn State is Out of Balance
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4 Critical Areas Where James Franklin Says Penn State is Out of Balance
40 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
The Nittany Lions are a bit off-kilter in four key places, beyond the loss column. Says who? James Franklin, that’s who. [Read More]
Penn State Football: Sermon On The Mount (Nittany); Stick with 1-0. It Works
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Penn State Football: Sermon On The Mount (Nittany); Stick with 1-0. It Works
40 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
James Franklin’s message extends far beyond his players. Maybe it’s time to simplify it again. [Read More]
Penn State Football: Actions Speak Louder Than Words
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Penn State Football: Actions Speak Louder Than Words
40 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Mark Dantonio’s actions spoke than words. He came to Happy Valley to win. A fake punt proved it. So did a halfback pass. And so did a fake field goal attempt that failed. [Read More]
What’s the Point(s) of Penn State’s Offense? Scoring vs. Yards & a Spot in the Playoffs
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What’s the Point(s) of Penn State’s Offense? Scoring vs. Yards & a Spot in the Playoffs
41 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
“It’s always about points for us,” James Franklin said on Wednesday. “And always has been.” So, he was asked, do you want points over yards? “Oh, yeah, yeah, yeah.” [Read More]
Penn State Football: How James Franklin Does After Bye Weeks, Ohio State & vs. the Big Ten East’s Big 3
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Penn State Football: How James Franklin Does After Bye Weeks, Ohio State & vs. the Big Ten East’s Big 3
41 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
By the time kickoff rolls around on Saturday, Penn State and James Franklin — who is 5-4 after bye weeks — will have had 328 hours since the end of the Ohio State game to prepare for visiting Michigan State. [Read More]
How Penn State Football Spent Its Bye Week
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How Penn State Football Spent Its Bye Week
41 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
Trace McSorley and James Franklin spent the tail end of Penn State’s bye week doing the same thing: In the DMV, hitting classrooms, spreading the Penn State message, talking to future Nittany Lions. [Read More]
The Penn State Defense That Might Have Beaten Ohio State
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The Penn State Defense That Might Have Beaten Ohio State
42 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
A few years ago, it wouldn’t have been a stretch to envision a Penn State defense vs. Ohio State last week that included Torrence Brown and Ryan Buchholz at ends and a starting linebacking trio of Troy Reeder, Manny Bowen and Jake Cooper. [Read More]
Penn State Football is Elite; Its Finishes in Big Games Are Not Penn State Football is Elite; Its Finishes in Big Games Are Not
42 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Poorman
“Keep ’em close boys, and I’ll think of something,” Brooklyn Dodgers manager Charlie Dressen used to tell Boys of Summer Jackie Robinson, Roy Campanella and Duke Snider. It was good advice. [Read More]
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