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Owens, Hearst Back On Top
October 11 2002
By Bryan Hersh of 49ers Paradise
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Terrell Owens and Garrison Hearst reclaimed their rightful positions on top of the teamís statistical leadersí chart after good performances against the Rams. The teamís two biggest offensive threats have finally become the leader receiver and rusher for the team, reclaiming their position from Eric Johnson and Kevan Barlow respectively.

Terrell Owens statistics are still pretty dismal, he just eclipsed the 200 yard mark, further emphasizing that his 2000 yard goal is out of the question this season. Owens has yet to gain 100 yards through four games this season, and has dropped seven passes.

Garrison Hearst has been playing well all season, but his performance against the Rams in which he eclipsed the 100 yard mark with only 13 carries. Kevan Barlow had a very good performance too, but Hearst finally grabbed the reigns.

For the 49ers sake, they better hope that their starting running back and receiver lead the team in their respective categories for the rest of the season. The team canít afford a poor performance from its star players. Terrell Owens needs to start holding on to the ball and needs to get back to making plays after the catch. This will come as he learns not to force issues. Hearst on the other hand will be battling Barlow all season for the leading category. The 49ers want each back to have tremendous success, but if Hearst can hold onto the position it likely means the team is running up a storm.

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