It’s gotten to the point now where Miami’s turnover chain — which is worn by Hurricanes players after, you guessed it, turnovers — is maybe a wee bit overexposed. If you watched ESPN’s “College GameDay” on Saturday morning and took a shot each time someone said “turnover chain,” you would probably be dead right now, or at the very least quite stumbly. But the Hurricanes are undefeated and playing a big game against Notre Dame on Saturday night, so turnover-chain mentions are all the rage.
Kennesaw State doesn’t get nearly the same amount of attention as The U, but the Owls of the Football Championship Subdivision are 8-1 entering Saturday’s home game against Charleston Southern. And they have their own turnover bauble, and it’s every bit as amazing — if not more so — than Miami’s turnover chain.
Behold, the turnover plank, wearing its game-day suit, no less!
— Kennesaw State FB (@kennesawstfb) November 11, 2017
Whatever. I’m fine with it. More than fine with it. I want one of my own. The plank is not merely awarded after turnovers. According to MDJOnline.com, it’s bestowed upon special teams or defensive players who make a big play or a big hit.
Some of the Owls aren’t sure what to make of the plank. Take Taylor Henkle, who was rewarded with the plank after his interception sealed Kennesaw State’s 16-14 win over Montana State last weekend.
“I’ve seen it around the locker room and in people’s lockers, but I didn’t ask any questions,” Henkle said this week. “I don’t know who came up with the idea to hand it to me after the pick. I didn’t know what to do with it, so I held it up, and there were a few Kennesaw State fans there in the front row, and they took the picture.”
— Mike Foster (@MichaelFosterSN) November 5, 2017
Kennesaw State Coach Brian Bohannon told John Bednarowski of MDJOnline.com that the plank was the brainchild of scout-team wide receiver Tanner Jones, who found it over spring break (why he was scavenging for planks over spring break remains a mystery of our times). Jones started bringing it to practices and things kind of snowballed…