CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Corn Elder’s prediction came true.
The former Hurricanes cornerback attended Miami’s Sept. 29 win over Duke, and expressed confidence he’d be seeing them again at his house. When players took the field for a day-before walk-through Friday, Elder beamed with pride.
“It’s exciting for me,” he said. “I played with a lot of those guys. Just to see them make it to the big stage, finally, it’s definitely great.”
Elder, in his rookie year with the Carolina Panthers, greeted several former Hurricanes teammates and a few he never played with, but has come to know. Trajan Bandy, a small, fierce true freshman who models his game after Elder, was especially happy to see him.
His Panthers teammate, former UM tight end Greg Olsen, spent several minutes animatedly chatting with Mark Richt. Other Carolina Canes who were not spotted include quarterbacks coach Ken Dorsey, the 2001 national champion, and 2014 graduate Ladarius Gunter, a cornerback.
There are no Clemson alums on the team, but that doesn’t mean it’s a Miami-friendly locker room. Far from it, according to Elder.
“Everybody goes against Miami,” he said. “It’s basically us against everybody else.”
Asked for advice he might give to the players, Elder only mentioned the weather, which is expected to be as low at 40 degrees Saturday.
“Just get ready for the cold tomorrow night,” Elder said. “It gets a little chilly at night when the wind is blowing. Other than that, they’ll be fine.”
“Miami should be in the ACC Championship game every year,” he said.
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