BIO: Second-team All-Conference choice as a junior after posting 172/865/8 on the ground, adding 10/106 as a pass catcher. Recipient of the ACC's Brian Piccolo Award, given annually to the league's most courageous player. Suffered a season-ending knee injury five games into his sophomore campaign and finished with rushing totals of 89/468/4. True freshman numbers included 62/562/5 before suffering his first major knee injury the following spring.
POSITIVES: Well-built, elusive ballcarrier with terrific football intangibles. Possesses outstanding field vision, runs low to the ground and displays the ability to quickly cut back against the grain. Follows blocks, finds the running lanes and a quick-footed back who bounces it around piles or makes defenders miss. Follows blocks at the line or down the field. Possesses a quick burst through the hole. Works runs, aggressively putting his shoulders into opponents and falling forward when tackled. Quickly picks up blitzes and pass-blocking assignments.
NEGATIVES: Suffered fumbling problems as a junior. Not a strong ballcarrier who picks up a lot of yardage off initial contact. Did not seem as fast, instinctive, or explosive last season coming off his second knee surgery. Ran poorly during workouts in early March.
ANALYSIS: When healthy and at full speed, Gore is a ballcarrier who can be a team's feature runner and three-down player. Possesses both the physical and mental makeup for the next level, yet prior knee injuries will send up several red flags and make him a risky proposition.