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
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
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."
Gore out to prove doubters wrong
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