Out of Killian High School in Miami, Frank Gore Jr. made his college football debut on Thursday, showing flashes of his fathers genetics.
Gore Jr., the son of 15-year NFL pro Frank Gore, lined up at running back for Southern Mississippi in a Week 1 contest against South Alabama.
Sharing snaps with two other halfbacks, the former Cougar rushed for a team-high 32 yards on 12 carries (2.7 average). He played well early on, garnering 29 yards before the half, including an 11-yard rush.
The South Florida native had an exciting lateral pass to his quarterback for one of the nicest touchdowns of the evening. However, it didn’t count due to forward progress stopped.
Gore Jr.’s second half wasn’t as exciting, totaling just 3 yards in the third and fourth quarter. He was seen limping to the sidelines following a 1-yard rush with less than eight minutes left in the third period.
He did return before the fourth quarter, however.
At 5-foot-8, 160 pounds, Gore Jr., a three-star prospect in the 2021 class, was the Golden Eagles’ highest rated recruit in the recent cycle. He finished his senior campaign rushing for 1,111 yards and 13 touchdowns.
Signing with Southern Mississippi after de-committing from Florida Atlantic, Gore Jr. brings a skillset and potential that the program greatly desires.
He’ll have the opportunity to one-up his performance on September 19th, taking on Louisiana Tech.