Originally posted by Otohns:
Originally posted by ace49ers:
I cant remember when it happened but LMJ was in the play and it was a pass play and LMJs was blocking. Kapp snaps the ball and LMJs tracks a LB(?) going from right of the line to left coming in on a blitz. And LMJs picks him up, Kapp steps up and I really cant remember if it resulted in a TD or what. But I was really impressed for LMJs, the dude stepped up in a big game, im sure Gore would have been proud to see that. I know Gore will be gone soon (a sad day indeed) but the RBs we have post Gore are going to do fine thanks to the 49ers all time rusher.
I noticed that play too. Very good blitz pickup and toughness to seal off the blitzer. Every Oregon fan that I've talked to tell me one of the more surprising aspects of LMJ is that he is tougher than he looks. He's another kid with great confidence and doesn't cower in the big games.
I believe the 49ers future at the tailback position is well taken care of at this point with Hunter and James. It is allowing Gore to go out gracefully and to extend his career by a couple of years. I will miss Frank Gore when he finally does hang'em up....that guy is a true 49er and a treat to watch on the field. He has never been fast, but his vision and toughness is a treat....no RB I've seen has the same vision and patience Frank does waiting for holes to open. I believe he has been a major influence on both Hunter and LMJ in teaching them that there is more to the RB position than out-running, running over or out-juking a defender.
Nobody runs over guys like Adrian Peterson, but I've seen him in some serious collisions with LB's.....Gore, by contrast, I rarely see him getting tattooed by defenders because he has a sense of where everything is coming from.
[ Edited by bzborow1 on Jan 14, 2013 at 9:42 AM ]