Corn Elder and the Duke Blue Devils will forever be linked in college football history. The University of Miami defensive back was the exclamation point on Miami’s game-winning eight-lateral kickoff return for a touchdown at Duke a year ago.
The play, which was named the Play of the Year by the Associated Press, has been a hot topic this week as Miami prepares to face Duke. It is also Elder’s favorite memory of his time as a Hurricane.
“The Duke play. That’s just something that happens not too often,” Elder said. “It’s just one of those plays that you never think you’ll see, much less be a part of it.”
Elder and his fellow University of Miami football seniors will run through the smoke at Hard Rock Stadium for the final time on Saturday. For the 18 players, Saturday’s 3:30 p.m., matchup against Duke will be the culmination of their Hurricanes home careers.
“They’ve been great,” Miami head coach Mark Richt said of the seniors. “You get a new coach, you can have an attitude about it or resist this or resist that. I really never felt that from the seniors. I felt that they were part of the group that was trying to make the best of it and kind of get excited about it, and I think for the most part did. And I am thankful for that, and I’m thankful that this relationship is going to last for more than 11 months, or whatever it is, 12 months. They’re going to be a part of this family for good, just as I am, and we’re going to help take care of them in the future, too.”
Gage Batten, Kevin Carroll, Jamal Carter, Sr., Wyatt Chickillo, Adrian Colbert, Stacy Coley, Standish Dobard, Elder, Frank Gabriel, Alex Gall, Danny Isidora, Rayshawn Jenkins, Hunter Knighton, Malcolm Lewis, Austin Pfenninger, Justin Vogel, Michael Welch and Marquez Williams each have had a unique experience at Miami.