Today, as on every Monday during the season, the ACC released its weekly awards for the previous weekend’s football games. Most of the time, people may have a good idea who might win an award. However, one of the weekly awards raised some eyebrows today.
SPECIALIST – Corn Elder, Miami, Jr., CB, 5-10, 183, Nashville, Tenn.
Elder scored the game-winning touchdown in Miami’s 30-27 win at 18th-ranked Duke on Saturday night. Elder was on the receiving end of the Hurricanes’ eighth lateral toss, which he then took 75 yards to the end zone for the go-ahead touchdown with no time remaining. Elder’s kickoff return for a touchdown is the second special teams touchdown he has recorded this season. He is the only player in college football this season to record an interception, a punt return for a touchdown and a kickoff return for a touchdown.
Now, with all of the attention that play has received, it is a little surprising that they would choose Elder as the winner of the Specialist of the Week. I would have assumed that the league office would want to minimize that circumstances surrounding the play (and let’s be honest that lost in all this is the 23-5 penalty differential between the teams and the questionable Sirk TD run with 6 seconds left. How can this be 2015 and not have a decent goal line camera view? Are you listening ESPNU and Wallace Wade Stadium?).
But no, the conference points to this as the specialist play of the week. The Twitter world quickly reacted:
I guess the ACC figured that no other specialists did anything noteworthy over the weekend. Hmmm, I wonder if I can think of any?