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May 23, 2007
Look for Robinson as primary Gore backup

Question: Matt, when you look at the 49ers' backup RBs - Robinson, Hicks and Clayton - do you think there is another Frank Gore-like stud in that group? Also, who do you think will be the Niners' sack leader this year and will the number push 10?

Steve, Penryn

Answer: Of Gore's backups, I see Robinson being a nice complement to the starter. He's a big guy who loves to hit. All he needs is a little more seasoning at the position. A one-two combination of Gore and Robinson will not be a pretty sight for the defense. As far as sacks, it'll be a race between Manny Lawson and Tully Banta-Cain with one dark horse, safety Michael Lewis, thrown in. My (shot-in-the-dark) prediction is that Lawson will lead the team with 10 sacks even.

- 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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