The Alabama Crimson Tide are known for producing some of the most successful running backs in college football. Usually, these guys go on to have good NFL careers. Mark Ingram, who was the last running back to win the Heisman Trophy in 2009, Eddie Lacy, and Trent Richardson have already established themselves in the NFL with TJ Yeldon getting drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the second round this year.
According to Scout, a walk-on running back with the Tide has been turning heads at the team’s training camp in the last few days. Derrick Gore is a true sophomore walk-on from Syracuse Nottingham High School in New York and he is already getting reps with the third and fourth string running backs at practice.
With the way things go in Tuscaloosa, it is likely that you will see Gore getting some playing time over the next few seasons once Derrick Henry and Kenyan Drake move out and towards the NFL. Gore’s coach in high school Nick Patterson said that the Tide have found a great athlete.
“Hell of a kid, on the field and off the field,” Patterson said. “Academically, socially, he’s just a hard worker. He didn’t qualify with a (test) score out of high school, but he had some mid-major D1 offers, Buffalo and some of the MAC schools. So he went to prep school, to Milford Academy, where I used to coach, back when Shady McCoy was there. He went there, qualified, but still didn’t get the looks he thought he deserved.”
It looks like Gore could have a bright future ahead of him with the Crimson Tide. Fans are going to have to keep an eye out for him in the coming seasons.
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