CORAL GABLES, Fla. — University of Miami sophomore defensive back Corn Elder is part of a dying breed — two-sport athletes at the collegiate level.
Elder played in 10 games for the football team, recording seven tackles and 164 yards on kick returns, before sustaining a season-ending knee injury. It would keep him off the hardcourt for coach Jim Larranaga and the Hurricanes basketball team.
The 5-foot-10, 188-pounder is originally from Nashville where he was rated one of the nation’s top athletes as a running back and point guard.
Recently, FOX Sports Florida’s Christina De Nicola (@CDeNicola13) caught up with Elder, whom you can follow on Twitter (@AIR_CORN23), about his favorite two-sport star, what he can’t go a day without and more.
FOX SPORTS FLORIDA: People often ask what came first — the chicken or the egg? What came first for you? Basketball or football?
CORN ELDER: Football. I started playing when I was about 4. They both came at the same time. Football came first, then basketball season.
ELDER: They’re both competitive games. I’m a real big competitor. I like to compete a lot. Football — you get to run around, hit people, score touchdowns. Basketball — it’s very challenging. I’m kind of short for a basketball player, so it’s challenging. I just like to compete.
FSF: What outside of sports are you really competitive with?
ELDER: I’d say Xbox.
FSF: Which game?
ELDER: 2K. I beat everybody on the team.
FSF: What was your first memory of being at the University of Miami that stands out?
ELDER: I’d probably say the Florida game. It was my first big college football game and the atmosphere was great. It was exciting to be there.
FSF: You’re from Nashville. What do you miss most?
ELDER: I don’t know. I just miss my friends back home, my family.
FSF: Do you listen to country music?
FSF: So you’re not really from Nashville?
FSF: Who was your favorite two-sport star growing up?
ELDER: Allen Iverson. He stopped playing (football) after high school but I heard about him. He was my favorite basketball player.
FSF: What can’t you go a day without?
ELDER: My phone. I’m on my phone 24/7.
FSF: Do you have a go-to app? Texting?
ELDER: Everything. Twitter, Instagram, texting. I just can’t go without it.
FSF: You have music playing (from speakers) while you practice. What would be the one song you would like to hear?
ELDER: Probably "We Ready" (by Archie Eversole). It’s on my high school highlight tape. That’s one of my favorite songs to get me hyped up.