San Francisco 49ers: Is The Coffee Brewing?

John MatheosContributor IIJuly 18, 2010

DALLAS - AUGUST 29:  Glenn Coffee #29 of the San Francisco 49ers moves forward with the ball during the preseason game against the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on August 29, 2009 in Dallas, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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How do you take your coffee? Some may have it sweet and others may have it bitter. Some may choose not to even try it. This is something that I find similar in San Francisco.

While Frank Gore by far is the go to guy for the San Francisco 49ers, a talented running back from the University of Alabama sits on the bench getting cold and flat.

No, this isn't an article to bash Frank Gore. It's to open discussion for this great prospect sitting in the shadows on the 49ers for the past few years.

Glenn Coffee was born on May 1, 1987 in Valparaiso, Florida. He grew up in a well-mannered family where he attained an interest in football.

As a teenager growing up, he started to workout and implement himself in various workout drills to improve his skills to play football. Glenn Coffee got his wish and played for Fort Walton Beach High School. In high school, Glenn Coffee achieved great numbers. He recorded 24 touchdowns and picked up 1887 yards rushing in his senior year.

In college, Glenn Coffee played for Alabama. Glenn Coffee had a progressive career at the college level, but also a slow one. He started only 12 games in his freshman year, but in his junior year he was the go-to guy for the team.

Moreover, Glenn Coffee decided to forgo his senior year and enter the NFL draft of 2009. Glenn was drafted in the third round by the San Francisco 49ers. Glenn started his career in the NFL from the bench. Watching and listening, he tried to adapt to the NFL level. He has a great mentor to learn from in Frank Gore.

Now the question remains, is Glenn Coffee the next big thing for San Francisco or will he sit in the shadows of Frank Gore? I believe it's time to brew the coffee. When he touches the ball, you see the potential he has. He's quick, soft on his feet, and can catch the ball.

He may have average 2.7 yards per carry in 2009, but he displayed bursts of talent when he got the start because of an injury to Frank Gore. When Glenn Coffee got the start, he put up solid rookie numbers. He rushed for 74 yards in week 4 against the St. Louis Rams and recorded his first touchdown the next week against Atlanta.

Overall, the baton still belongs to Frank Gore, but the mileage on Gore is getting up there. If injuries continue to plague him, be sure to see Glenn Coffee brewing in San Francisco as the starting running back for the 49ers.