Frank Gore


Garrison Hearst's words of encouragement for 49ers running back Frank Gore included a dig at a common rival.

``He's the one who told me to hurry up and run Barlow out of here,'' Gore said with a smile, recalling a conversation during the former running back's visit to the 49ers' Santa Clara practice facility last season. ``He said he liked my style of running and keep working hard and get him out of here.''

As it turned out, Kevan Barlow, who competed with Hearst and Gore for playing time in five years with the 49ers, is with the New York Jets. His departure in August was hastened by a strong training camp from Gore that convinced team officials they could afford to trade Barlow.

Now Hearst, or more precisely, his 8-year-old team records for rushing yards (1,570) and all-purpose yards (2,105), are in jeopardy.

49ers' Gore overcoming odds as team's go-to back

There was one person whom San Francisco 49ers running back Frank Gore needed to share the good news with right after coach Mike Nolan told the second-year running back he'd made his first Pro Bowl.

Lizzie Gore has inspired her son's remarkable return from two anterior cruciate ligament injuries and two shoulder surgeries during the last few years. Since her son was in the 11th grade, Lizzie Gore has had dialysis three days a week as she waits for a kidney transplant.

"My mom means everything to me," Gore says. "She's been on a waiting list for a kidney for a long time. I see her cramping after her dialysis treatments. Seeing her fight through that, she's my strength."

Gore bought his mom a house in South Florida last year. After gashing the Seattle Seahawks for a franchise-record 212 rushing yards in San Francisco's win on Nov. 19, he flew home to Florida to spend time with her.

Denver bracing for 49er running back Gore

DENVER - The Denver Broncos don't need to be reminded of the kind of season San Francisco 49ers running back Frank Gore is having. With 1,542 yards, he leads the NFC in rushing and trails only LaDanian Tomlinson and Larry Johnson in the NFL.

"We are aware of him," defensive tackle Gerard Warren said. "We will be aware of him."

The second-year pro needs 29 yards to set the franchise's single season rushing record, surpassing Garrison Hearst mark of 1,570 set in 1998.

"You don't have to know his stats to know what kind of year he's having," safety Domonique Foxworth said. "You can tell by looking at film."

Gore has a good chance of finishing the season as the conference rushing leader. He takes a 114-yard lead over Tiki Barber (1,428) of the New York Giants into the final weekend of play.

Top running backs aren't something new for the Broncos this season. Denver faced San Diego's Tomlinson, the NFL's rushing leader with 1,749 yards, and Johnson of Kansas City, who has run for 1,651 yards and Seattle's Shaun Alexander on successive weeks.

"We've dealt with a couple of pretty good ones within our division," defensive end Kenard Lang said.

49ers Gore has overcome two knee surgeries

When Frank Gore wrecked his anterior cruciate ligament, Edgerrin James made sure he talked to his fellow Miami Hurricane often as support, since James knew all about coming back from such a devastating injury.

And when Gore blew out his other knee, James did it again.

So as the 49ers’ Gore approaches the end of this Pro Bowl season, already with 1,491 yards rushing and king of an impressive lineup of NFC West running backs, it’s no shock that James beams with pride. “I am super happy for him because of what he went through,” James said. Gore has been the biggest surprise in an NFL season with plenty of big rushing performances. Last season, there were 16 1,000-yard rushers in the league. This season, 13 players have already reached that plateau and another 10 are 128 yards or closer with two games left.

James is one of those players, needing 12 yards, although he knows he probably should have already reached that mark.

Pro Bowl beckons 49ers RB Gore will start for NFC in Honolulu

Frank Gore's spirited running has been the most surprising development for the 49ers this season. His selection to the Pro Bowl was not.

Gore, who leads the conference in rushing with 1,491 yards and is third in the NFL, was chosen Tuesday as a starter for the NFC in the Pro Bowl on Feb. 10 in Honolulu. Selected as NFC reserve running backs were Tiki Barber of the Giants and Steven Jackson of the Rams.

"I feel I deserve it,'' Gore said. "I worked hard all season. I worked hard all offseason. My offensive line worked hard. I'm just happy.''

49ers notes: Gore has his eye on the rushing title

SANTA CLARA-When San Diego's LaDainian Tomlinson ran for a season-high 199 yards on national television Sunday night, no one was following more closely than Frank Gore.

The 49ers tailback, with 1,491 yards, trails Tomlinson for the league rushing lead by 135 yards and is 25 yards behind Sunday night's other featured running back, Kansas City's Larry Johnson. Despite how far he trails Tomlinson, Gore said Monday he believes he has a chance to wear the rushing crown at season's end.

"I'm going to play those last two games because we're still fighting and trying to get into the playoffs," he said.

Gore's a special player already

Frank Gore used the word maturity repeatedly on Friday afternoon, yet he wore the glow of a man who had just witnessed the arrival of his first child. In a sense, he had seen a combination -- the birth of a grown-up 49ers team.

Gore raved about Alex Smith's poise in the final quarter of the Seattle game Thursday night and about all the possibilities tied up in those 15 minutes.

Then he said the sort of thing we've come to expect from Gore, taking his selflessness more and more for granted. "I think we're just young, and some of the mistakes I've been making and he's been making, it's just about maturity.''

Gore breaks through in 4th - AFTER ROUGH START, HE GAINS 106 OF HIS 144 YARDS IN FINAL QUARTER

SEATTLE - Frank Gore laughed off the question. No, he said, he wouldn't play every game against Seattle if it were up to him.

The results, though, appear to tell a different story.

For the first three quarters Thursday, the 49ers running back was mediocre. In the fourth quarter of the 49ers' 24-14 victory against the Seahawks, he was magnificent.

Gore finished with 144 yards in 29 carries, but 106 yards were earned in the fourth quarter. He also caught four passes for 34 yards. And in the Niners' season sweep of the NFC West-leading Seahawks, Gore rushed for 356 yards.

49ers' best shot at a title is Gore's run for top rusher

The 49ers still have a crown within their reach.

It's not the Vince Lombardi Trophy. It's the league's individual rushing title.

Frank Gore can win it, remarkably in only his second season since the 49ers drafted him out of the University of Miami.

The Kansas City Chiefs' Larry Johnson and the San Diego Chargers' LaDainian Tomlinson are the only players with more rushing yards than Gore, and those two will meet Sunday night in an AFC West clash in San Diego with playoff implications on the line.

The 49ers' playoff hopes are shot, courtesy of a 5-8 record and three-game skid. But the team still can escort Gore to the NFL rushing throne.

Seahawks hope to shut down 49ers Gore

SEATTLE - Mike Holmgren is hoping to get a better defensive effort against this time.

"I think we'd like to tackle him," the Seattle coach said. "We didn't do that in the first game."

Less than a month ago, Gore slashed through the Seahawks' questionable run defense for a San Francisco-record 212 yards rushing in the 49ers' 20-14 victory that made the defending NFC champion look anything but formidable.

Another record-breaking day for Gore

Except for his seventh lost fumble of the season, which led to a gift field goal for the Packers, it was another good day for second-year running back Frank Gore, who set a team record with his seventh 100-yard rushing game of the season during the 49ers’ 30-19 loss. Here’s a rundown on some of Gore’s exploits from the game:

--- Gore’s 72-yard run in the first quarter ties his career long run. He had a 72-yard touchdown run at Washington on October 23, 2005.

--- Gore entered the game with an NFL-leading 13 rushes of 20 or more yards and increased the total to 14 with the 72-yard run. Gore now has five runs of 40 or more yards in 2006.

"Gore"-y Return for Alexander

SAN FRANCISCO, Cali - The San Francisco 49ers have worked themselves into the N.F.C playoff hunt by grabbing a 20 to 0 lead in a 20 to 14 win over Seattle. Frank Gore ran for 212 yards on 24 carries, including a 51-yard scamper that set up Joe Nedney's 39-yard field goal in the first quarter. Alex Smith threw for a touchdown and ran for another in the Niners' third straight win, which leaves San Francisco just a game behind the first-place Seahawks in the N.F.C West. He tossed a nine-yard T-D pass to Arnaz Battle, then ran for a one-yard run that put the 49ers ahead 17 to 0 in the second quarter. Smith was 19 of 25 for 163 yards and no interceptions for the 5-5 Niners. Seneca Wallace passed for 252 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions for the 6-4 Seahawks. Seattle running back Shaun Alexander had 37 rushing yards on 17 carries in his first action since missing two months with a broken foot.


More Q & A With Gore

Q. How hard is it on you seeing Miami struggle?

A. It's tough, man. They brought in a lot of coaches. That kinda hurt us because we had a great staff.

Q. Now the head coach, Larry Coker, has been fired. What's your reaction?

A. He's a good dude. When I was there, he was a player's coach. He shouldn't have let go our old coaching staff.

Q. Is Florida out-recruiting Miami and Florida State?

A. Really, Miami doesn't have to go too far. They just need to stay in Dade County. That's good football there.

Q. Any thoughts on a new coach for the'Canes?

A. A coach like Randy Shannon, our defensive coordinator, is a straight-ahead guy. He won't take pity, and he'd make sure everyone is doing the right thing. He'd be a good head coach.

Key matchup: 49ers RB Frank Gore vs. Packers defensive line

Frank Gore has become one of the most effective running backs in the NFL in just his second season. He's rushed for 1,217 yards and five touchdowns, which puts him behind only San Diego's LaDainian Tomlinson and Kansas City's Larry Johnson.

Gore has rushed for more than 100 yards in a game six times, and the 49ers are 4-2 in those games. When he's held to fewer than 100 yards, the 49ers are 1-5. Gore's best game came against the Seattle Seahawks, when he rushed for 212 yards in an upset win. During the 49ers' 34-10 loss to the Saints last weekend, Gore was held to just 40 yards, which was a big reason why San Francisco couldn't get anything done on offense.

As effective as Gore has been this season, he's scored only five touchdowns and has been fumble-prone. He's coughed up the ball five times, more than any running back in the NFL.

Gore reflects on season as 49ers' star RB

SANTA CLARA - Forty-niner running back Frank Gore has 1,217 rushing yards. With four games left, he could pass Garrison Hearst, whose 1,570 yards in 1998 is the franchise record.

Gore was such a find, the 49ers got rid of another No. 3 pick, running back Kevan Barlow, to make room for the 5-9, 215-pound second-year pro from the University of Miami (Fla).

Gore is a prime candidate for All-Pro and/or the Pro Bowl. On Thursday, he discussed his escalating career, the 49ers' bright future, and the depressing state of Miami football of late.

Q. What do you need to become a great running back?

A. I've just got to keep working, keep learning. Don't get relaxed. If I always try to better myself, I feel I can reach that level.

Frank Gore Update

While the Niners still think very highly of rookie RB Michael Robinson, it appears his role as the team's short-yardage specialist was short-lived, with starter Frank Gore expected to fill that role the rest of the season. We hear that Robinson probably relied too much on his size and straight-ahead speed and would have been better-served taking a tad more time on occasion to pick holes laterally.


Gore has nowhere to run - Saints' defense keeps S.F. back bottled up

A determined Saints defense stuffed 49ers running back Frank Gore in a box Sunday and shipped him back to San Francisco.

"They had a good game plan," 49ers right guard Justin Smiley said after the Saints' 34-10 victory at the Superdome. "Their defensive coordinator (Gary Gibbs), I can't say enough about that guy. I'm not so sure who he is, but whatever he did today worked. They stacked the box and pressured our receivers pretty good, and it was a long day."

Gore entered the game ranked second in the NFL with 1,117 rushing yards, including a franchise record-tying six 100-yard games this season. He exited with a season-low 40 yards on 13 carries. After the first quarter, he had 16 yards on five carries.

49ers' Gore emerges as unlikely star

METAIRIE, La. - Frank Gore lacked the running back pedigree while he attended the University of Miami. His teammate Jarrett Payton had the genes of Hall-of-Famer Walter Payton.

Gore also lacked the luxury of healthy knees as he sustained two torn ACLs while playing for the Hurricanes. So of course there were numerous doubters when the San Francisco 49ers took the chance of drafting Gore last year.

The risk was well worth the reward as Gore leads the NFC in rushing with 1,177 yards and is second in the NFL in his second year in the league.

Niners' Gore earns right to brag, even among former 'Canes

Spring get-togethers at the University of Miami can feature some of the NFL's best players, and some of the best runners. Naturally in an ego-driven profession, the barbs and brags go flying during those sessions. Trash-talking at Miami, after all, is an art form.

Frank Gore was part of those sessions last offseason, following his rookie season in the NFL. But the shy, quiet, introverted former 'Canes player really couldn't do much of the bragging.

In his first season with the San Francisco 49ers, he flashed some talent in 2005, but that was nothing compared to what fellow 'Canes runners Clinton Portis, Willis McGahee and Edgerrin James did last season.

"There wasn't a lot for me to say," Gore said.

Gore feeling a little sore, nothing more

SANTA CLARA-There was a collective sigh of relief at 49ers headquarters Monday with the news that the leg injury running back Frank Gore sustained in Sunday's 20-17 loss at St. Louis was not serious.

Gore, who left the game in the closing minutes, had X-rays taken at the stadium of his lower right leg. They turned out to be negative. A subsequent exam Monday disclosed nothing more than bruises above the ankle and below the shin.

"I'll be ready," Gore said of his status for Sunday's game at New Orleans.

Loss hurt Gore more

(11-27) 04:00 PST St. Louis -- Which player can the 49ers least afford to lose?

Running back Frank Gore would seem to be a consensus answer, that's why Bay Area reporters waited until Gore finished treatment on his right ankle to talk to him, long after the 49ers' 20-17 loss to St. Louis.

Gore exited late in the game with the injury and didn't return. Stadium X-rays on his lower leg were negative and the team will know more today after further examination.

Gore strikes fear in NFL defenses

San Francisco running back Frank Gore is proud to be a stat watcher.

Instead of tracking a fantasy team, though, Gore keeps an eye on the top defenses in the NFL. He knows that Chicago is ranked first overall but that Minnesota has the stingiest rushing defense. He also tracks the rushing yardage of his college chums: Willis McGahee, Clinton Portis and Najeh Davenport.

Gore not only stacks up well with his former teammates at the University of Miami, he surpasses them. Gore was named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week for his 212-yard rushing performance Sunday in the 49ers' 20-14 victory over the Seahawks. He has registered five 100-yard rushing games this season and is second in the NFL with 1,043 yards. Gore also leads the league in rushes of more than 20 yards, 12.

49ers rushing with Gore

A year and a half later, 49ers vice president of player personnel Scot McCloughan doesn't have to justify his draft-day gamble on running back Frank Gore.

Churning the surgically reconstructed knees that raised questions throughout the league about his durability, Gore has gained an NFC-leading 1,043 yards.

His 12 runs of 20 or more yards are the most in the NFL this season. Four of them came last week as part of a franchise-record 212-yard performance against Seattle that helped the 49ers (5-5) get into the playoff hunt.

"I'm seeing what I expected," McCloughan said.

Gore shows others what they're missing

For an NFL player with incredible think-outside-the-blocks field vision, Frank Gore certainly has a narrow way of looking at things.

The San Francisco running back is constantly comparing himself with his old University of Miami teammates, and he can't seem to see past the eyes of the Hurricanes.

But it's time for Gore to think bigger. Buffalo's Willis McGahee and Washington's Clinton Portis, both far bigger stars in college, can't measure up to him this season. Nor can any of the running backs selected before Gore in the 2005 draft — among them, top-five picks Ronnie Brown, Cedric Benson and Carnell "Cadillac" Williams.

Gore Named NFL Offensive Player of the Week

New York, NY (Sports Network) - San Francisco running back Frank Gore, Carolina Panthers defensive end Mike Rucker and Dallas punter Mat McBriar were named NFC Players of the Week for their efforts in Week 11.

In the 49ers' 20-14 win over NFC West rival Seattle, Gore rushed for a franchise-record 212 yards on 24 carries while catching four balls for 26 yards.

Gore ranks third in the league with 1,330 scrimmage yards for San Francisco, which won its third straight game to move one game behind the Seahawks for the division lead.


Gore, line working well

SAN FRANCISCO - Frank Gore's lineman have no problem blocking for him.

And the 49ers running back has no problem running behind them, either.

That relationship might not have ever been more evident than during Sunday's 20-14 upset win over Seattle at Monster Park when Gore, with more than a little bit of help from his friends, rushed for a single-game team record 212 yards.

Gore runs 49ers past Seahawks for rare streak - RB sets team record with 212 yards as San Francisco wins 3rd straight

SAN FRANCISCO - For a few gut-wrenching moments, Frank Gore thought his fumble had ruined it all. The best game of his career, the 49ers’ biggest upset bid in years — it was all in the San Francisco defense’s hands against the defending conference champs.

Yet the defense didn’t drop the ball, stuffing the Seattle Seahawks over and over again in the final minutes of a watershed win for a long-suffering franchise that finally might be on the rise again.

Gore rushed for a team-record 212 yards, and San Francisco’s maligned defense stopped Shaun Alexander and the Seahawks three times in the final 4 minutes of the 49ers’ third straight victory, 20-14 Sunday.

Gore best of 'Canes, but he's no L.T.

Edgerrin James turned into a star, as did Clinton Portis, as did Willis McGahee. Yet of all the great backs the 'Canes have provided, none has been more productive this season than ... San Francisco's Frank Gore.

Already this season, Gore has piled up 831 yards -- 247 more than James' 584, 252 more than McGahee's 579, and 318 more than Portis' 523.

Gore is now on pace to become the first 49ers running back since 2003 to post a 1,000-yard season. And even though he suffered a concussion during a victory against Detroit, San Francisco says Gore is probable for the Nov. 19 game against Seattle.

Gore ailing but is expected to play

Coach Mike Nolan said he expects Frank Gore will play Sunday against Seattle, although the standout running back could miss some practice as a precaution.

Gore is coming off a big game -- and a concussion.

``He said he felt a little lightheaded, but I think he'll be fine,'' Nolan said Monday.

Gore rushed for 159 yards Sunday, including a 61-yard touchdown run that set the tone for the 49ers' 19-13 upset at Detroit. He rushed for only 11 yards in the second half, though, after suffering what Nolan called a mild concussion.

Gore, like the rest of the players, had the day off Monday and was unavailable for comment. A team spokesman said the running back went through a routine checkup as a precaution and that all indications are he will play Sunday against Seattle.


Gore starting to make tracks - RB racks up 159 yards

(11-13) 04:00 PST Detroit -- Frank Gore, who was battling the after-effects of a concussion, didn't speak to the media after the 49ers' 19-13 win over the Lions on Sunday. He let his play on the field speak for him, amassing a career-high 159 rushing yards and setting up his team for victory.

Gore and his offensive line dominated the first half, when he raced for 148 yards (a team record for a half) including a 61-yard touchdown on the opening drive. The 49ers controlled the first-half clock behind Gore for 21:19 compared with Detroit's 8:41 time of possession. If the 49ers had been anything but bumbling in the red zone, the game would have been over by halftime.


DETROIT - The draw play to Frank Gore began as a long-shot attempt to convert a third-and-16 play, but the 49ers running back turned it into a 61-yard touchdown Sunday.

The score was the first of the day in the 49ers' 19-13 victory over the Detroit Lions.

Gore burst through a hole opened by guard Larry Allen, who leveled defensive tackle Cory Redding. Gore emerged through safety Kenoy Kennedy's tackle and angled to the right while shaking off a couple of more defenders before breaking away for the 49ers' longest run of the season.

Nolan appears OK with Gore's agent - Rosenhaus' reputation doesn't seem to be a worry

Super agent Drew Rosenhaus and 49ers running back Frank Gore cut contrasting images Sunday outside the 49ers' locker room in Chicago. The humble, self-effacing Gore wore jeans and a sweat top -- clothes so baggy they made him look like he wanted to disappear into the fabric. Beside him stood the bombastic Rosenhaus with his shades, slicked-back hair and cell phone.

Gore, who is signed with the 49ers through 2007, parted with agent David Dunn, who is about to serve a two-year suspension for tampering with the clients of his former partner, Leigh Steinberg. With both sides eager to extend Gore's contract, the running back needed new representation.

Frank Gore Update

FRANK'S QUEST:@ Frank Gore spends his mornings in meetings and his afternoon at practice in the 49ers' training complex. Then he goes home to his apartment just down the street in Santa Clara - and he often ends up coming right back to the DeBartolo Sports Centre in the evening.

"Ain't nothing to do out here, so I can just come back," Gore said. "I can just focus on football. There's nothing to do around here - especially coming from Miami, because after practice, you can just do whatever (in South Florida)."

Gore is fifth in the NFL with 631 yards rushing, and his coaches attribute part of his effectiveness to his work ethic. He has rebounded solidly from offseason surgery on both shoulders, and his oft-discussed fumbling problems are just about the only negatives.

His outstanding start has inspired him to wonder if he can make history this season: On Thursday, he wanted to know the 49ers' single-season rushing record (1,570 yards by Garrison Hearst in 1998).

"So if I get 16 (1,600 yards), I'll be the top dog?" he asked with a sly smile. "That's one of my goals. It's tough, especially when you're playing against the best defenses."


SF's Gore hires Rosenhaus

SANTA CLARA — The 49ers' new fiscal philosophy rests on signing their best players to contract extensions before they become free agents, and the new agent for running back Frank Gore said he plans to facilitate doing just that.

"One of the reasons he hired me is that I have had success getting players contract extensions early in their careers," Drew Rosenhaus said Tuesday. "We're definitely receptive to getting a deal done."

Gore signed with Miami-based Rosenhaus last week after his first agent, David Dunn, told Gore he could no longer represent him. Dunn is facing a two-year suspension from the National Football League Players Association.

49ers' Gore leads the running backs parade

CHICAGO - Never had three running backs been drafted so high as Ronnie Brown, Cedric Benson and Cadillac Williams, who went 2-4-5 last year.

This season's leading rusher among that 2005 class? San Francisco's Frank Gore, selected No. 65. The third-rounder was the fifth running back chosen, behind J.J. Arrington, who went to Arizona in the second round.

Gore comes to Soldier Field on Sunday with 520 yards on 112 carries, putting him eighth in the league. He's ahead of the Dolphins' Brown (122-464) and the Buccaneers' Williams (104-394).

Frank Gore Update

Frank Gore reaches back to his past for inspiration in what has become a weekly ritual for the 49ers running back.

A couple of days before every game, Gore watches a highlight tape from his senior season at Coral Gables High in Florida, when he ran for 2,953 yards and 34 touchdowns.

``It reminds me of what I'm capable of,'' Gore said. ``I know it's different here, that I'm at a higher level, but it challenges me to try to do the same thing. It gets me hyped up.''


Gore holds on for high note a week later

Gloomy last week after losing yet another fumble, running back Frank Gore was at the other end of the emotional spectrum Wednesday after being named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week.

Gore, who entered the game leading the league in fumbles, emerged as the NFL's co-leader in rushing yards. He had 27 carries for a career-high 134 yards against the Raiders and also caught three passes for 38 yards.

"I'm happy -- I had a rough week," Gore said. "Now I've just got to keep it up."

Gore admires Tomlinson's skill - 49ERS RB GETS AN NFC HONOR

On a day when he was named the NFC offensive player of the week, 49ers running back Frank Gore let it be known Wednesday that he views San Diego's LaDainian Tomlinson as the best running back in the league.

``I've watched him a lot,'' said Gore, who will get to see Tomlinson again Sunday when the Chargers play the 49ers. ``He's quick. He's explosive. He's got great vision. He can catch.''

Gore also said he thinks there are more similarities between him and Tomlinson than differences.

Niners' Gore surges to top of NFL rushing charts

Frank Gore, Willis McGahee, Clinton Portis and Edgerrin James check the statistics every week. They all want to know where the University of Miami's former running backs rank among the NFL's best — and more importantly, among each other.

These days, all the Hurricanes are looking up at Gore.

The San Francisco 49ers' budding star and St. Louis' Steven Jackson are tied for the NFL rushing lead with 465 yards after five weeks. Gore got there with a career-best 134 yards in the Niners' win over Oakland, also moving into second in all-purpose yards behind Jackson.

A little Frank talk - Gore says Dilfer helped get his mind off fumbles

Frank Gore should feel mighty proud of two things today: He's tied for the league lead in rushing, and he didn't fumble -- a first this season -- in the 49ers' 34-20 victory over the Raiders on Sunday.

At this point, he's far more satisfied with the latter than the former.

"If I'm leading at the end of the year, that would be something," said Gore, who rushed for a career-high 134 yards on 27 carries, leaving him tied with the Rams' Steven Jackson atop the NFL with 465 yards.

Niners love Gore's yards, but worry about his fumbles

Frank Gore's first season as the San Francisco 49ers' starting running back is off to a rousing start — except for four plays.

Gore is second in the NFL with 460 yards from scrimmage — 331 rushing and 129 receiving — in the Niners' first four games. He has been speedy, durable and hard to tackle, erasing any doubts about his worthiness to take the job of Kevan Barlow, who was traded to the New York Jets.

Unfortunately, Gore also has fumbled four times — once in each of the first four games for the 49ers (1-3), who host the Oakland Raiders on Sunday. Two of his fumbles occurred at their opponents' goal lines, and one was returned 98 yards for a touchdown by Philadelphia's Mike Patterson.

Gore working on his grip

Throughout the week, 49ers running back Frank Gore urged his defensive teammates to take their best shots at him in practice and slap and rip at the ball.

It's part of an effort to put his fumbling problems behind him. Gore hopes that running the gauntlet will prepare him for Sunday's game against the Raiders, who will be out to pry the ball loose from a running back with four fumbles in four games.

``Everybody makes mistakes and I guess it was my time to have a rough time,'' Gore said Thursday. ``I've just got to forget about it, get it out of my head and just play ball and I'll be all right.''

Frank Gore Update

If up-and-coming Niners RB Frank Gore has a shortcoming aside from his shaky injury history, it's his tendency to get very down on himself after making mistakes. Our sources tell us Gore has been beating himself up something awful because of his recent fumbling problems (four fumbles in the first four games).

Fe, fi, fo, Gore fumbles again

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It didn't take long for Frank Gore's fumbling problems to resurface.

The 49ers running back fumbled for the fourth time in as many games during the team's opening series in Sunday's 41-0 loss at Kansas City. The ball squirted loose after he took a hit from Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson.

Gore said he made the mistake of letting the fumbling issue get inside his head.

"I was thinking about it too much. I was nervous," he said. "I just have to play football."

Niners RB Gore expected to play, but TE Davis out

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- The San Francisco 49ers got good news about running back Frank Gore and confirmed bad news about tight end Vernon Davis on Monday.

Gore is expected to be in the 49ers` lineup at Kansas City on Sunday despite bruised ribs that sidelined him in the third quarter of their loss to Philadelphia. Davis, the sixth overall pick in the draft, will be out four weeks with a broken bone in his right leg.

Gore might lose short-yardage job

Rookie running back Michael Robinson is being considered for short-yardage and goal-line situations because of Frank Gore's fumbling problems, 49ers Coach Mike Nolan said Monday. ``That's something we're discussing right now,'' Nolan said. ``It's something that could possibly happen.''

Gore has lost a goal-line fumble in each of the past two games. His fumble Sunday was returned 98 yards for a touchdown, a 14-point swing in a 38-24 loss to Philadelphia.

``In the field of play, Frank is a very secure ball carrier -- at least he has been,'' Nolan said. ``Down on the goal line both times, he was hit and turned around and they punched the ball out. That's correctable, but it also lends its way to giving another back an opportunity on the goal line and in short yardage to carry that ball.''

Gore's failures a boon to Eagles

SAN FRANCISCO — It's hard to say why Frank Gore had such a hard time getting into the Philadelphia Eagles' end zone in goal-line situations Sunday afternoon.

Maybe it was because the 49ers offense was too predictable. Maybe it was because the Eagles defense was too physical.

Maybe it was because Gore was thinking a little too much about his fumbles in the season's first two games and was trying not to repeat the mistake, though if that's the case, he's really got a problem.

Former Miami star Gore carries the day for 49ers

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Who would have thought, besides Frank Gore of course, that of the five former University of Miami running backs in the NFL, he would have the most rushing yards two weeks into the season?

"I'm not surprised. No, not really. I've worked hard and I've gotten my opportunity," Gore insisted, without the slightest suggestion of arrogance.

He didn't arrive in the NFL with the first-round pedigree of Willis McGahee (2003) or Edgerrin James (1999), or even the second-round status of Clinton Portis (2002). Yet he sees himself as no less talented.

These late-rounders making scouts look good (Frank Gore, Devin Hester)

RB Frank Gore, 49ers -- Round 3 in 2005: It's rare that a guy who had a disappointing college career becomes an impact player in the NFL. Gore beat out Willis McGahee as a freshman at Miami before blowing out his ACL. He got the starting job back after McGahee left for the NFL -- only to blow out the other knee. As a rookie last season, he led the 49ers in rushing while splitting time with Kevan Barlow. With Barlow's trade to the Jets, Gore has excelled as the featured back. He is currently fourth in the NFL with 217 rushing yards, including a career-high 127 in a 20-13 victory against the Rams last week. More important, he is tied for the league lead with three touchdowns. At 5-foot-9 and 215 pounds, his durability always will be an issue, but, considering what he has overcome already, I wouldn't bet against him.

PR Devin Hester, Bears -- Round 2 in 2006: It didn't take long for Hester to make his mark on the NFL. In his pro debut, he returned a punt 84 yards for a touchdown. Anyone who watched the Bears in the preseason knew it was only a matter of time until he broke one, and it won't be his last. Drafting a return man in Round 2 might have raised a few eyebrows around the league, but the Bears were plagued with fumbles by their punt returners last year. A cornerback by trade, his breakaway speed has the Bears coaching staff trying to figure out how to get him the ball on offense.

Gore's call to coach can't wait

A few hours after last week’s game against St. Louis, 49ers running back Frank Gore called coach Mike Nolan to discuss the recently completed contest with him. "Like last week, he called me this week after the game to tell me how excited he was," Nolan said. Gore said he was eager to get some feedback on how he played and what he can do to get better and it could not wait until the next morning.

"I was thinking about my mistakes and asking him what he saw," Gore said. "And he told me he understands that I'm the type of runner always working for the extra yard. I got to be smarter and always remember there's another down."

Gore had another productive day for the 49ers in their 20-13 victory over the Rams, but he also fumbled for the second consecutive game. Gore fumbled

Amid highlights, fumbles still bother Gore

Running back Frank Gore was so concerned about his fumbling in the first two games that he phoned 49ers Coach Mike Nolan after each contest.

Gore rushed for a career-best 127 yards in 29 carries Sunday. Then he called Nolan to talk about his goal-line fumble in the second quarter.

``I wanted to know what he saw,'' Gore said. ``He told me he understands that the type of runner I am, I'm always trying for the extra yard. But he told me I've just got to be smarter and always remember that there is another down.''

Gore gets back up for big day

Frank Gore rushed for 127 yards Sunday, scored a pivotal touchdown and churned out the tough fourth-quarter yards that ensured the 49ers' victory.

But first he screwed up royally.

Gore fumbled near the goal line on the first play of the second quarter, earning a one-way conversation on the sideline with running-backs coach Bishop Harris.

``He kind of got in my face,'' Gore said after a 20-13 home victory over the St. Louis Rams.

STANDING TOUGH - Gore, Bryant find roles

Antonio Bryant held court, and held service, for a good 35 minutes after the 49ers' win over St. Louis on Sunday. Which is fine for Mike Nolan, as long as his number is bigger than the other guy's number at the end of the game.

Ultimately, though, seeking out the diva's role in the wake of Terrell Owens here is pretty much gargling damp dynamite. At some point, probably sooner rather than later, Bryant will shoot his mouth clean off, and given the relative sizes of his and Alex Smith's paychecks, you may guess for yourselves how the tale will end.

On the other hand, there is Frank Gore, whose equally hefty role in the victory was typically under sung, both by him and those paid to do the singing. Twenty-nine carries, 127 yards, a touchdown, and a whole lot of time consumption counts for something as well. Not as much as "T.O.: The Musical," we suspect, but if Gore isn't going to be more temperamentally effervescent, he may still turn out to be more substantial.

RB Gore finds way to elevate his game

SANTA CLARA -- Miami residents call it the "big hill" because in pancake-flat Florida, even a slight rise in elevation is considered a hill, and anything over two stories tall is considered big.

In the summer of 2000, the big hill in that city's Tropical Park was where you could find local boy Frank Gore. The young running back not only would brave the murderous South Florida sun, he would run up and down the hill 25 times each weekend.

And if that sounds punishing, get a load of this: Gore would make the sweltering ascents while tethered to a truck tire that was gradually filled with weights as the session went on.

Work hard and rest easy Niners' Gore attacks defenses and naps with zeal

While the daily drumbeat of professional sports is rife with stories about how a particular athlete's unique and rigorous training routine has him in the best shape of his life, hardly anything has been said about the flip side of all that grueling work.

To wit, the need to relax.

Perhaps no one on the 49ers is as good at relaxing as running back Frank Gore. Although he is praised for his ability to tote that barge and lift that bale, he is also a master at achieving inertia.

Part of Gore's daily routine appears to be conserving as much energy as possible during noontime lunch break. He can invariably be found slouched in front of his locker, if not stretched out on the floor entirely, either catching a snooze or talking on his cell phone. Either way, this is a man at

Gore's style is a hit with O-linemen - New starting running back earns respect from teammates

SANTA CLARA — Amid the rubble of the late stages of the 49ers' disaster two years ago, Kevan Barlow seemed to spend half his free time explaining himself.

He was joking, he insisted, when he said he wanted the team to use all its draft choices on offensive linemen. No, he didn't mean to offend the current linemen. Yes, he was speaking to fullback Fred Beasley. Yes, he was worthy of the big contract he had signed after the 2003 season. Yes, he would eventually prove it.

Barlow, of course, is gone now, traded last month to the New York Jets. Frank Gore is now the 49ers' starting running back. And unlike Barlow, there is no question where Gore stands with his teammates. There is no explaining necessary.

"They like me," Gore said this week. "They love me."

49ers ready to Gore opposition

(Sports Network) - The San Francisco 49ers appeared to be down and out early against the Arizona Cardinals, falling behind 21-7 by the end of the first quarter.

But then a fresh new face in the backfield stepped up and didn't let his team quit, something the 49ers must have felt like doing during last year's 4-12 campaign.

Running back Frank Gore pulled the 49ers within a touchdown after first moving along a 79-yard drive with a 39-yard screen pass reception, before culminating the march with a four-yard TD run. After an Arizona field goal in the third, Gore again kept his team in the game when a Cardinal fumble eventually resulted in a two-yard TD burst by the Miami (FL) product.

Gore stepped right into his new starting role on Sunday, and registered 87 yards and a pair of scores in the 49ers' 34-27 season-opening defeat to the Arizona Cardinals.

Stud of the Week (Frank Gore)

Stud of the Week
Frank Gore, 49ers (16 carries, 87 yards, 2 TDs, 1 lost fumble; 6 catches, 83 yards): Not the name you'd expect to see for the first week, eh? With all the multi-threat backs around, Gore piled up yards left and right and scored twice. He was zooming up the fantasy charts after Kevan Barlow was dealt to the Jets, and he showed exactly why. It helped that he was playing the Cards, but get your stats any way you can. Also, Alex Smith is already vastly improved from his rookie years, which means there could be more of these games on the horizon.

49ers have high hopes for second year tailback

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The San Francisco 49ers are placing the hopes of their rushing game, and perhaps their entire offense, on the surgically repaired shoulders of second-year tailback Frank Gore.

The 49ers had the NFL's worst offense last season, which directly contributed to San Francisco also having the NFL's worst defense because the teams punchless attack couldn't sustain drives and remain on the field.

The 49ers have revamped their offense considerably since then and will send six new opening-day starters onto the field for Sunday's game against the Arizona Cardinals. Gore might be the key addition to that lineup as coach Mike Nolan envisions a run-oriented attack.

Gore's point: I can play

After a round of operations on his shoulders and knees in recent years, Frank Gore heads into the 49ers' season opener Sunday at Arizona eager to put to rest any questions about his durability.

``I can't take back what has happened to me,'' said Gore, the 49ers' primary running back since the Aug. 20 trade of Kevan Barlow to the New York Jets. ``I don't even think about it. I'm good. I'm all right. I'm just looking forward to going out there and proving I can get the job done.''

The 49ers used a third-round pick on Gore in the April 2005 draft, gambling that his surgically reconstructed knees would hold up to the demands of the NFL.

Gore, who tore ligaments in each knee while at the University of Miami in 2002 and 2003, became the first rookie since Dexter Carter (1990) to lead the 49ers in rushing last season when he finished with 608 yards. His average of 4.8 yards per carry was the best among rookie runners with at least 50 attempts, including offensive rookie of the year Carnell ``Cadillac'' Williams (4.1).

Frank Gore News

Frank Gore -- the good and the good: No wonder Barlow's wearing the Jets' green. Gore played the equivalent of a full game in two exhibitions, gaining 91 yards in 17 rushes and another 32 yards on five receptions. If Gore stays true to that line throughout the season, his production could keep the 49ers in games.
And Gore hopes his throwback conditioning this offseason in Florida with his former high school coach, which included sprints while dragging a truck tire, will keep him out of the training room.
In fact the running game and the offensive-line play were the best developments of camp. The lack of a pass rush in the two exhibitions was the biggest disappointment.
The young and single will also be disappointed as they are turned out of their free hotel rooms and walk into the wilds of the Silicon Valley rental market.
"When I first got here (in 2004) you could rent a two-bedroom for $1,500'' a month, running back Maurice Hicks said. "Last year it went to $1,800, and now I hear it's higher."

Gore Is the Real Deal

Frank Gore is the real deal. It's only been two exhibition games, but the 49ers' starting running back is improved, healthy, and looks like a legitimate ball carrier. The Miami Hurricanes product is running hard--north and south-- and has an offensive line opening up holes that a truck could drive through. Kevan Barlow is gone, so it's Gore's backfield to lead. The 23-year-old should get plenty of touches and will produce, unlike his predecessor.

Sensational Sophmores (Frank Gore)

If not for his history of serious knee injuries, he might have been a No. 1 overall pick coming out of Miami. Nevertheless, he led the 49ers in rushing last year with 608 yards and was impressive enough in the preseason to allow the team to trade last year's starter, Kevan Barlow, to the Jets. San Francisco added Larry Allen to the offensive line, which means Gore could see some huge holes. Frank_Gore

Frank Gore Update

Maybe it was a positional thing, but fellow back Frank Gore was one of the few other 49ers singled out for his individual performance against Oakland. His 42 yards on seven carries had to be especially encouraging since San Francisco traded veteran Kevan Barlow to the Jets for a likely fourth-round pick before the game.
"I didn't need reassurance, but Frank does a good job all the time," Nolan said. "I've got a lot of confidence in Frank, as I do the other guys – as I do in Kevan."
Gore, who was limited to less than 10 carries or no action in 11 of the first 13 games last season, still led the franchise with 608 rushing yards, averaging an impressive 4.8 yards per carry. With his workload certainly expected to increase, and with Robinson and veteran
Maurice Hicks also competing for carries, someone figured to be expendable. But Barlow questioned whether depth was the determining factor, telling Bay Area newspapers that "other reasons" got him traded.


Despite playing last season with injuries that required postseason surgery on both shoulders, Frank Gore still led the 49ers in rushing. And now that San Francisco has dealt running back Kevan Barlow to the New York Jets for a fourth-round pick, Gore is going to lead the 49ers in rushing this season if he just stays healthy.
Gore has made a habit of popping out of a pileup at the line of scrimmage to gain extra yards. He also has demonstrated superb strength and balance.
But the Barlow trade is expected to provide him with an additional boost of confidence that the 49ers have conveyed the message to him that he is the back. The 49ers now will get the Jets' fourth-round pick and a more confident Gore.