Career Day

Frank Gore is inching closer to his goal of rushing for 1,000 yards this season. With three games remaining he is only 264 yards away and needs 88 yards per game to reach the mark. Only seven Hurricanes in school history have rushed for 1,000 yards with Willis McGahee being the last to do so in 2002.

Last game against Virginia, Frank Gore set career-highs in rushing yards with 195 and carries with 28. He constantly broke off big runs, which is something he has not done yet this year. The day before the game he sensed he would have a big game.

"The Friday before we left I told coach Soldinger and coach Kehoe that we would have a big game on the ground," Gore said. "We practiced hard last week and I just knew it would happen. I just wanted the opportunity to make things happen."

He was especially happy with the 28 carries.

"Yeah, I love that," Gore said.

Head coach Larry Coker was especially happy with Gore's performance because of what he has been through with the ACL injuries.

"It was good to see Frank do well," Coker said. "He has been around here a few years and they guys that have been here awhile tend to be more mature and more seasoned and they know what it takes to win. It was good to see him have almost 200 yards rushing. His confidence has really soared. He feels very confident in his legs and he is getting better each week, which is encouraging to us as a football team."

Against Clemson he rushed for 105 yards and two touchdowns, but the majority of the yards came in the first half. He did not get the number of opportunities in the second half.

"It was frustrating because in the beginning I was seeing a lot of holes and running through them," Gore said. " It was frustrating in the second half, but you have to keep a level-head."

One thing that did happen in the second half was a Clemson defender pulled on Gore's leg when he was down after a run. When Gore got up he let him know it was cheap. It is one of those unwritten football rules that you don't do in the pile. However, there was something positive he took away from that incident. His knee could handle the pressure.

"When he did it, I felt like it did before when I got injured," Gore said. "But the knee stayed there and stayed compact. At the moment it was scary. I was happy to find out it was fine."

He was asked if he has his speed back from before his injury.

"I feel like I am the same with my speed and some of my coaches say I am too," Gore said. "I feel like I am fine. I just go out and go hard so I can make something happen for the team. I know I am a lot stronger now. I just pray that God is on my side and keep playing hard."

On Saturday the #12 Miami Hurricanes (7-2, 4-2) host the Wake Forest Demon Deacons (4-5, 1-5) at noon in the Orange Bowl. Wake Forest ranks 71st in the country in rush defense allowing 161 yards per game.

"They usually play with an eight or nine man front so the receivers and quarterback should have a real good game," Gore said. "We just have to keep punching at them and eventually the big runs will open up."

Coker agrees with the 5-foot-10, 220-pound junior running back from Coral Gables.

"Wake Forest is a team that is difficult to run against," Coker said. "They are a little undersized in some areas on defense, but they are very quick and they put a lot of people up front to stop the run. We will have a challenge this game"

Christopher Stock is a Staff Writer for CanesTime and can be contacted by emailing him at stock@canestime.com

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