In addition to having arguably the coolest name in college football, Miami Hurricanes freshman cornerback Corn Elder might be the best athlete at “The U”. Elder was a four star football recruit coming out of high school. He played running back and defensive back while winning three Tennessee state championships. He was named Mr. Football in Tennessee two times. However, Elder is also being given an opportunity to walk on the Hurricanes basketball team. In addition to his state football championships, Elder also led his high school basketball team to two titles as well. At 5-foot-10 and 170 pounds, Elder will play point guard on the hardwood.
Elder is certainly not the first student-athlete to balance basketball and football. Charlie Ward won the Heisman Trophy while quarterbacking the Florida State Seminoles but also played point guard on the basketball team and ended up playing several seasons in the NBA. Closer to home, Jimmy Graham played basketball and football for the Canes, and he is currently the starting tight end for the New Orleans Saints.
Elder, although somewhat undersized for FBS football, has spectacular speed and agility. He is a smooth runner with great lateral quickness and change of direction. Originally expected to play running back, a glut of solid players at that position has forced him to play corner for the time being. Head coach Al Golden is also planning on giving Elder an opportunity to contribute on special teams as a return man.
Can Elder follow in the footsteps of guys like Ward and Graham? Miami Hurricanes fans sure hope so.