Superback Star: Frank Gore Jr. rises to the challenge at Southern Miss

The spotlight is expected for the son of one of the NFL’s greatest running backs of all time, but any talk with Southern Miss’ Frank Gore Jr. shows that he respects that limelight but is strictly about football.

Nothing could be more representative of that than Southern Miss’ first game against Liberty.

With starting quarterback Ty Keyes out, Head Coach Will Hall turned to Gore Jr. to lead the offense as a “Superback”.

If superback has to be defined to any unfamiliar football fan, the definition would be Gore Jr.

He finished the game with a career-high of 178 rushing yards, 48 passing yards, and a near victory against one of the premiere Group of Five programs in the nation. His heroics fell just short after Liberty stuffed him a yard short of the goal line on his 32nd carry in the fourth overtime of the game.

The superback had just turned in the heaviest workload of his career and arguably on any back in the country, but spent his time during the post-game interviews brushing off any concerns and focusing on the next game ahead.

“I’m a ball player. I’ve got to be prepared,” Gore Jr. said. “I feel great. I can’t feel any better.”

Frank Gore Jr. awaits the direct snap as the team’s “superback” against Liberty (Charlie Luttrell)

The sophomore running back begins his third season with the Golden Eagles, all of which have been everything but ordinary.

Southern Miss underwent two head coaching changes during his first season, and in Hall’s first year, the offense ranked third to last in the nation after having more than ten players attempt a pass at the quarterback position.

Frank Jr. follows the legacy of his father Frank Gore Sr., who retired as the NFL’s third-all time leading rusher with 16,000

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