Gore out to prove doubters wrong

There have been plenty of times in his life that everything seemed dark for Frank Gore. There have been times when Gore was told he would travel no further.

It happened at Coral Gables High School, where Gore wasn't expected to accomplish much on and off the field. From the very beginning, the shy young man from Coconut Grove would hear the same thing over and over-he wouldn't play football and finish high school.

Gore responded the only way he knew how. The 5-10, 190-pounder went on to becoming one of the best high school running back ever in Miami-Dade county, including rushing for 2,953 yards with 34 touchdowns his senior season. Topping that off, Gore walked down the aisle to receive his high school diploma.

That was mission No. 1.

But nobody thought Gore would complete mission No. 2 in ever playing football at the University of Miami.

Gore, who suffers from a learning disability that hinders his reading skills, made the latter a mute point as well by just stepping on the grass at Greentree Field and taking part in practice with the Hurricanes.

"This right here makes me feel good," Gore said. "There was never any doubt in my mind I would be out here. This was my goal ever since I was small."

Gore, who was one of the nation's most highly recruited and regarded running backs out of high school, shattered the county's rushing record with a slew of impressive performances as a Cavalier. Despite Gables' 5-6 record, Gore set the single-season rushing record with 2,658 yards during the regular season. He had 419 rushing yards against Southwest, a single-game record in Miami-Dade county.

And he has picked up, right where he left off.

If the Hurricanes backfield does not suffer a significant injury, Gore might not crack the starting line-up. But UM running back coach Don Soldinger isn't worried if Gore were to be thrown in the fire.

"Frank could play for us right now," Coker said. "It's just a matter of not making mistakes, but Frank is learning quickly. Like all the running backs, I don't want to put Frank in a position where he's not successful."

Now that he came through with the promise of getting his high school diploma for his mother Liz and all the awards are nicely tucked away, Gore is focused on the future.

"That's all in the past. I just want to get better here," Gore said. "I want to get all my reps, work hard and just do the best I can."

After two days of freshmen practices, Gore was still trying to figure out the differences between high school and Division I football. Although, he said he will find out soon enough.

"Right know its the same as in high school," Gore said. "I don't think I'll feel any difference until the upper classmen come in."

With all the adversity he has already overcome, Gore just might be headed to the biggest challenge of them all. With Clinton Portis and Willis McGahee as locks to receive most of the playing time, Gore isn't expected to see the field too much.

Talk has recently surfaced around around training camp that Gore will be redshirted. But with each passing day, Gore is making that decision harder and harder for the Hurricanes.

Sound familiar-Gore wants to prove everybody wrong.

"That just pushes me. I want to prove people wrong," Gore said. "I feel I owe them because Miami stuck with me. I want to show them what I can do. I want to play."

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