Corn Elder coy about Miami’s new defensive scheme

Corn Elder is Miami’s top returning cornerback, a senior-to-be who played three years under Al Golden and Mark D’Onofrio. As Miami’s only cornerback with more than one year of playing experience, you might expect he’d be able to shed light on the change from Miami’s previous defense to a setup that is supposedly faster and more aggressive.

Pressed for details about Manny Diaznew scheme, Elder wasn’t giving much away.

Corn Elder is keeping the secrets of Miami's new defense to himself. (YouTube)
Corn Elder is keeping the secrets of Miami’s new defense to himself. (YouTube)

Here’s how an interview went last week:

Is it going to allow the corners to be more aggressive?

“Yeah,” he said, smiling.

Is that exciting to you?

“Oh, definitely. We get to make some plays. We’re just going to keep working.”


Is the sense you’ll play man-to-man more than in the past?

“We’ve got some defenses coming.”

Later still:

How much zone?

“Ah, I honestly couldn’t even tell you.”

Mostly press? Mostly man-to-man?

“It’s a mix, a mixture.”

More or less than last year?

“I don’t know. I don’t really want to talk about last year. We’re getting ready for this season.”

Is there less thinking and more playing? Elder would confirm that much; players are feeling more free out there. Elder also said he “wouldn’t mind” returning punts and kicks and that he believes he’ll have the energy to be UM’s top corner and a return man.


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