Today’s Tucson, Arizona, Citizen features an article on the Elmore twins, University of Arizona football players, who are graduates of Grace Brethren High in Simi Valley, California, affiliated with the Grace Brethren Church of Simi Valley (John McIntosh, pastor). Here is an excerpt–to read the entire article, click on http://www.tucsoncitizen.com:80/daily/sports/48030.php
Cory and Ricky Elmore (Ricky is pictured at right) not only look alike, they each drive a 2006 Ford-150 truck, take classes together and live in the same house.
The 19-year-old University of Arizona football players are twins and are still inseparable to this day.
“We can share each other’s homework,” Ricky said. “He does half, I do half. . . . On the field, we know what each other is going to do. We have that trust and sense of where each other is going to be.”
That “trust” comes in handy when the two line up against each other in practice. Cory is an offensive tackle. Ricky is a defensive end
“He will tell me what the pass blocker is supposed to do, and what I can do to get around him,” Ricky said. “I can tell him what the defensive player is going to do. That helps out a lot.
“Almost every night, we go home and talk about what happened in practice and what we can do to get us both better.”
Telling them apart on the field is easier. During practice, Ricky wears a blue No. 44 jersey. Cory dons a white No. 70 jersey.
They are both 6 feet 5, but Cory says he weighs about 270. Ricky checked into spring drills at 235.
“Ricky is so big and powerful and likes to use his power over his quickness,” Cory said about his brother, who benches more than 400 pounds. “And I’m trying to get him to mix it up more, and use a speed rush move.”
Ricky is a minute older, and might play sooner as a backup to Louis Holmes and Johnathan Turner.
Cory needs to put on 15 to 20 pounds while he competes for a backup spot to Peter Graniello at right tackle.
The twins played their final years of high school football at Grace Brethren, a private school with an enrollment of about 200 students in Simi Valley, Calif.