Q&A with Miami Hurricanes two-sport athlete Corn Elder

Corn Elder likes the hitting and scoring touchdowns part in football and finds basketball challenging.

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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.

FSF: What do you like most about each sport?

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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?

ELDER: (laughs)

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.

You can follow Christina De Nicola on Twitter @CDeNicola13 or email her at cdenicola13@gmail.com.