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Tramaine Brock Looks to Become Full-time Starter

Posted Nov 23, 2013

Tramaine Brock aims to be a four-year starter after signing a four-year contract extension.

Tramaine Brock has been doing extensive studying this week.

The fourth-year cornerback, fresh of signing a four-year contract extension, is scheduled to make his first start as a member of San Francisco’s base defense this week.

Brock previously started against the Houston Texans as a nickel cornerback this season, but now he’ll have to be prepared for what happens on base downs.

Brock has been catching up with what Washington likes to do on first and second downs. It’s much different than his nickel role.

“Coming in on third downs, it’s a majority of passes,” Brock said.

Now, the team’s leader in interceptions (4), will have to be ready for a 60-minute workload.

It’s just fine with Brock. He's looking to keep the starting position for as long as he can.

“Hopefully I can maintain this and be a starter for four years,” Brock said.

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From undrafted to being a “trusted agent” for Jim Harbaugh’s 49ers team, Brock’s story is quite unique.

He spent two seasons at Mississippi Golf Cost Community College, transferred to the University of Minnesota for one season and finished his college career at Belhaven University.

The 49ers signed Brock as an undrafted free agent and gave him an opportunity on the 53-man roster as a special teams contributor.

“It’s very much a success story,” Harbaugh said. “He works and works and works. It’s paid off for him.”

Brock has recorded 34 tackles in 40 career games. He’s been a difference-maker on defense this season with four interceptions. Brock also was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week for his two-interception performance against the Texans.

Brock said he entered the year negotiating a contract for his special teams contributions, but the conversations changed the more he started to assert himself on the 49ers defense by making key interceptions.

Brock vows that his new contract won’t change his work ethic. He entered the 2013 season behind well-known veterans on the depth chart, but didn’t let it bother his development. Brock worked his way into a primary role on defense and into the 49ers future plans.

“I really wasn’t looking at the players (ahead on the depth chart),” Brock said. “I was looking at what I could do… I let the coaches make the decision.”

San Francisco’s coaches have since decided that Brock’s a key contributor on defense and they’re looking at keeping him on the field more often.

“Everybody in the organization is happy for him,” Harbaugh said.

With Brock set to make his second career start on “Monday Night Football,” the key for the young defensive back is to maintain San Francisco’s aggressive, opportunistic style of play on defense.

Brock knows there is urgency this week, but it won’t change his swagger.

“Every game we have to win,” he said. “We still have the same mentality: Show who we are and keep winning.

“We still are the San Francisco 49ers. We don’t care what anybody is thinking.”

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