Miami Hurricanes great Frank Gore signs with Dolphins

Miami Hurricanes all-time great running back Frank Gore has signed a one-year contract with the Miami Dolphins. Gore will likely back up Kenyan Drake who is expected to start.

Gore returns to Miami where he starred at Coral Gables High School and with the Miami Hurricanes. After ten seasons with the San Francisco 49ers, Gore spent the last three years with the Indianapolis Colts.

Gore is the tenth all-time leading rusher in Miami Hurricanes history. He is the NFL’s fifth all-time leading rusher. Gore could potentially reach Walter Payton as the NFL’s second all-time leading rusher.

Gore was signed by the Dolphins after they lost last season’s backup Damien Williams who signed with the Kansas City Chiefs. That continues the Dolphins shuffling of their backfield. They traded former starter Jay Ajayi to the Philadelphia Eagles at the trading deadline last season.

Gore enters the 2018 season 75 yards behind Curtis Martin for fourth place on the all-time list. He needs 1,243 to catch Barry Sanders and 2,700 to catch Payton.

Gore has had a Hall of Fame Career despite twice tearing his ACL and once tearing his MCL in college. He is the NFL’s active leader in rushing yards and attempts, is third in rushing touchdowns and seventh in yards per game.

Gore has seven 1,000 yards seasons in his NFL career. He has reached at least 960 yards in each of the past seven seasons. Gore was productive the last three seasons with the Colts despite running behind a below 25th ranked offensive line according to Pro Football Focus.

Gore averaged 3.7 yards per carry in Indianapolis last season despite the Colts offensive line allowing the NFL’s third-lowest 1.07 yards before contact. That was Gore’s lowest yards per carry of his career. Pro Football Focus said about the Colts offensive line:

“The entire line struggled in run-blocking and as a result, Colts backs averaged just 1.07 yards before contact, the third-lowest in the NFL.”

Gore will mentor Drake who led the Dolphins in rushing yards despite having five fewer carries than Ajayi did with Miami last season. Drake ran for 644 yards on 133 carries for a 4.8 yards per carry average.

Ajayi averaged only 3.4 yards per carry with the Dolphins. Drake was also adept in the passing game with 32 receptions for 239 yards and a touchdown.

Gore has also been a good receiver throughout his career. He has averaged 34 receptions for 282 yards and has 17 career touchdown receptions.