Frank Gore, Jr. shines as Southern Miss quarterback

Southern Miss has used 10 different players at quarterback this season, creating a depth chart situation unlike anything most college football programs have ever seen.

On Friday at Louisiana Tech, USM started running back Frank Gore, Jr. at quarterback, who filled in admirably going 4/8 for 75 yards and two touchdowns (both to Jason Brownlee) to just one interception.

He accounted for three of USM’s five touchdowns in a 35-19 win over the Bulldogs in what was just their second win of the entire season.

“The pass where Frank Gore stepped up in the pocket and hit the over route to Caston, I mean he looked like Tom Brady back there,” said Southern Miss head football coach Will Hall. “That was just an unbelievable effort by him. And he was playing hobbled, guys. I’m not going to lie to you. Not many people would have played, alright. But we told him all week, and he wanted to play. He cried – he took the field at practice on Monday crying because he knew he was not going to be able to play this week. There were tears coming out of his eyes. That’s what a competitor he is. And we said, look, man. You’re going to play. You just may not be able to run very much, alright. But you’re going to play.”

The Golden Eagles wrap up Hall’s first season at home against FIU for senior day at 2 p.m. Saturday from M.M. Roberts Stadium.

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