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March 12, 2007
Those short-yardage situations

Question: Do the 49ers have on their to-do list a heavyweight running back that can move the pile on short yardage situations? We were woefully lacking in that category last year.

Jim, Vacaville

Answer: Good question. Look for the 49ers to draft a running back in either the third or fourth rounds this year to compete with Maurice Hicks for a roster spot. However, there is a sense in the organization that they over-thought the short-yardage issue last season and that they simply should use Frank Gore in those situations. If they draft a running back, it could be a quick, change-of-pace type runner.

- Matt Barrows


Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.


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