Sophomore cornerback Corn Elder didn’t play against Louisville in last December’s 36-9 blowout loss in the Russell Athletic Bowl.
A torn meniscus in his right knee turned Elder into a spectator the night Teddy Bridgewater shredded the Hurricanes, then mocked them when he threw up the “U” and performed a throat-slit gesture following a touchdown run in the fourth quarter.
The memories still sting, Elder says, for him and his teammates. And they’ll be carrying it to Louisville for the rematch on Monday night.
“Honestly, I just remember them trying to run the score up — just disrespecting us pretty much,” Elder said. “I just feel like they were out there talking a lot of trash or what not because they’ve got a lot players on their team from here [in South Florida]. It’s a competition thing.”
Louisville, entering Atlantic Coast Conference play this season, has 19 players on its roster from the Miami-Dade and Broward area. Asked if there has been any more trash-talking leading up to the game between the teams, Elder said: “No. Not really. We don’t really focus on that.”
Still, there’s no question what happened has served as motivation all offseason for Miami.
“First game, they’re new into the conference, we ended last year with a loss to them,” Elder said. “Playing against the team you lost to in your last game — that’s a good thing.”
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