Miami’s defense is very proud of the way they create havoc on a football field and force the opposition to turn the ball over, which gives their offense good field position to put points on the scoreboard. The key performer who caused the momentum-changing turnover are the likely candidate to wear the “ turnover chain” around their neck on the sidelines.
Some would call it a badge of honor, others call it an attempt to gain team unity by singling out a player’s outstanding performance in a game. The “turnover chain” is a bulky golden chain necklace that holds a large “U” emblem, and defensive players are clamoring to wear the medallion each week. In fact, sophomore linebacker Michael Pinckney talked about how much he wants to wear the “turnover chain” following the Hurricanes 31-6 victory over Duke on Friday.
Michael Pinckney on the Turnover Chain. pic.twitter.com/daoZIwJdnS
— Matt Porter (@mattyports) September 30, 2017
No one can argue that Miami coach Mark Richt and his defensive coordinator Manny Diaz have allowed the players to express themselves on-and-off the field. The unit has created a culture of unity by creating t-shirts that offers their on-field personality in catchy phrases or images. But importantly, the team-first mentality is further evidence that the program is headed in the right direction after experiencing a bumpy ride back to respectability. The job isn’t complete, but no longer are the players looking uptight or not enjoying themselves on the football field.
Hurricane fans are hoping to see a glimpse of the “turnover chain” in Tallahassee this weekend because that means Miami is ahead in the contest.
The Canes travel to Florida State in a key ACC and intrastate rivalry game on Oct. 7. Kickoff is set at 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.
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