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!
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.”
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 from there.
“One of our players took the plank out to the bench for the Gardner-Webb game,” Bohannon said. “I think the plank just kind of hangs out on the sideline, sits on the bench and drinks juice. I don’t know.
“The plank is like a person — like, during the game Saturday, the plank had a snowcap on, because it’s cold out.”
As if being handed a plank was not enough, Kennesaw State’s players also celebrate big plays by getting an imaginary haircut from defensive lineman Desmond Johnson. It’s a very intricate imaginary haircut.
“Other members of the team assist. Someone offers a hot towel, another holds the mirror while a third brushes off any imaginary hair. Anyone can help, but its Johnson’s shop,” Bednarowski wrote.
In closing: Kennesaw State rules.
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