Frank Gore Jr. creates the hype essential to turn out to be the following school soccer star to roll again
A certain generation of college football fans are old enough to remember Frank Gore who tore apart opposing defenses at the Miami Hurricanes. Now your children can watch his son do the same.
If it sounds like we’re making too much hype for Frank Jr., a sophomore running back at the University of Southern Mississippi, then you need to get used to his movie quickly.
Gore Jr. is building a hype after a strong, real freshman season
Southern Miss running back Frank Gore Jr. seems to be heading for a star after a strong freshman season | Bobby McDuffie / Icon Sportswire via Getty Images
During the 2020 season shortened by the pandemic, there weren’t many attentions to pay attention to the Southern Miss Golden Eagles. However, the younger Gore gave fans at least one reason to watch these games.
In 10 games for the Golden Eagles, Gore ran for 708 yards and two touchdowns with 5.9 yards per carry. He also converted nine catches into 97 yards and a touchdown. He had three trips over 100 yards, including a 130-yard performance against the North Texas Mean Green last October.
Gore ran for a 73-yard touchdown in the Golden Eagles’ season finale in a 45-31 win over the Florida Atlantic Owls. He originally wanted to sign with FAU before moving to Southern Miss in December 2019.
Gore could be an All-American dark horse pick in 2021
There is a three-way tie to be the elusive RB returning to the CFB (missed tackles forced / try):
🌀 1. Frank Gore Jr / So Miss – .34
🌀 1st tank Bigsby / Auburn – .34
🌀 1. Zonovan Knight / NC St – .34 pic.twitter.com/XXnOLI2BrK
– PFF College (@PFF_College) June 24, 2021
We admit it sounds crazy to suggest that a young running back in a mid-major program that has had a bleak year could compete for All-American honors in 2021. But let the records show that such an achievement has been achieved before.
Buffalo Bill’s running back Devin Singletary played with Frank Sr. in 2019.But before that, Singletary ran almost 2,000 yards and 32 touchdowns at FAU in 2017. A year after the 3-9 the Owls went 11-3 under Lane Kiffin and won both the Conference USA and the Boca Raton Bowl.
Singletary earned AP’s second-team All-American honors after that excellent second season. He had the jukes and spin moves to hit tackles at breakneck speed. Gore Jr. can do the same thing, and he did just that as a true newbie. According to Pro Football Focus, Gore Jr. forced an average of 0.34 missed tackles per attempt in 2020, which was what tied him the most in the sport.
Nobody here is projecting Southern Miss to win Conference USA or get into college football playoff talk. But if Gore builds on his impressive first year highlights, don’t be surprised that in a few months he’ll be among the best running backs in the country.
Will Frank Gore Sr. and his son play together in the NFL?
With the elder Gore appearing immortal, it was easy to joke that he and his son would eventually play together. But in autumn 2020 that didn’t seem so unrealistic.
While his son was playing his first college season, the elder Gore played 15 games for the Jets. However, it seems unlikely that the two will ever play together in any meaningful NFL game. Gore Sr. remained unsigned at the time of publication and turned 38 on May 14. He will be 40 when Gore Jr. possibly makes his NFL debut in 2023.
It’s a fun idea to think about, but the NFL doesn’t lend itself to such concepts. Even if Gore Sr. caught up elsewhere later this year and played well, would an NFL team really want to use a squad spot for a 40-year-old running back in 2023?
For now, let’s focus on the future of the younger Gore. If football fans are lucky, they can see him running through the defense for the next two decades, just like we did with the older Gore.
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