The Miami Hurricanes understand what this week’s game will mean for Southern Miss running back Frank Gore Jr.

Gore’s father, Frank Gore Sr., was a legendary running back at Miami from 2001 to 2004 before moving on to the NFL. Gore Jr. has turned into a great running back in his own right, rushing for 178 yards and 2 touchdowns in Southern Miss’ season opener.

Miami’s defense was ready to talk about Gore’s connection to the program and what it will mean for Saturday’s game.

Miami defensive lineman Akheem Mesidor told reporters that Gore will be difficult to stop because there will be a “chip on his shoulder.”

Miami linebacker Chase Smith outlined what the defense will need to do against Southern Miss. “He is very patient, very fast,” Smith said. “We are going to have to contain the run.”

In 2021, Gore ran for 5 touchdowns and 801 yards for the Golden Eagles.

In Week 1, the Hurricanes’ defense held Bethune-Cookman to 13 points and 93 rushing yards. The Hurricanes will work to stop Gore from having many explosive plays. If Miami can slow down Gore, it could be another lopsided home win in Week 2.

Miami will take on Southern Miss on Saturday at 12 p.m. ET.