The “turnover chain” is all the rage, said Hurricanes cornerback Michael Jackson.
Jackson got to wear it twice on Saturday following his pair of interceptions.
“It’s brought a lot of excitement,” Jackson said of the large, gold hunk of jewelry Miami coaches let the turnover-causing players wear, at least for a minute or two, on the sidelines.
“We’ve seen pictures of people all the way up in South Carolina and other places, in high school games [wearing the turnover chain].
“I feel like we’ve started something.”
Miami defensive end Demetrius Jackson and safety Jaquan Johnson also picked off passes on Saturday as the Canes shut down Syracuse’s passing game in a 27-19 win.
Syracuse quarterback Eric Dungey ran for 100 yards but completed just 13 of 41 passes for 137 yards.
Michael Jackson, a junior who hadn’t played much before this season, now has three career interceptions — and all of those have come in the past three weeks, including one against Florida State.
He proudly wore the chain on Saturday, but shouldn’t he have two of those golden ornaments placed around his neck after his second pick?
“Nah,” Jackson said with a slight smile. “It would be too heavy then.”
ISHMAEL RETURNS AFTER INJURY
Syracuse, one of the snowiest, coldest places in the country, has nonetheless drawn its share of players from South Florida in recent years. The Orange has 12 players on its roster from South Florida. Here are the players, their positions, and high schools: Ravian Pierce, TE, Plantation; Antwan Cordy, DB, Homestead South Dade; Steve Ishmael, WR, North Miami Beach; Juwan Dowels, CB, American Heritage; Nadarius Fagan, LB, Southridge; Kenneth Ruff, DL, Dillard; Colin Byrne, OL, St. Thomas Aquinas; Samuel Clausman, OL, St. Thomas Aquinas; Sean Avant, WR, Miramar; Adly Enoicy, WR, Delray Beach Atlantic; Sharod Johnson, WR, Booker T. Washington; and McKinley Williams, DL, Dillard.
One of those players, Ishmael, led the nation with 62 catches coming into the game and was third in receiving yards with 802. But Ishmael was injured and left the game one play before Syracuse scored on a 22-yard field goal at 6:19 of the second quarter. He had two catches for 19 yards at the half, then returned in the second half. He finished with four catches for 41 yards.
UM INJURY REPORT
▪ Canes senior defensive end Chad Thomas left the game in the second quarter holding his left arm as if it were in an imaginary sling. He returned in the second half.
▪ Freshman receiver Mike Harley hopped off the field using his right leg after making a 9-yard catch with about 13:33 left in the third quarter. He had the left ankle taped by trainers and later returned.
▪ Ahmmon Richards appeared to possibly re-injure his hamstring with 14:52 left in the game, but he said he would be fine after the game.
▪ Tight end Chris Herndon hurt his shoulder in the first half but said he’ll be OK.
TWO NEW MIAMI STARTERS
Offense — quarter Malik Rosier, running back Travis Homer, tight end Christopher Herndon, wide receiver Ahmmon Richards, wide receiver Braxton Berrios, wide receiver Mike Harley, left tackle Kc McDermott, left guard Trevor Darling, center Tyler Gauthier, right guard Hayden Mahoney, right tackle Tyree St. Louis.
Defense — end Chad Thomas, tackle Kendrick Norton, tackle RJ McIntosh, end Joe Jackson, linebacker Zach McCloud, linebacker Shaquille Quarterman, cornerback Malek Young, safety Jaquan Johnson, safety Sheldrick Redwine, cornerback Michael Jackson and cornerback Trajan Bandy.
Making their first career starts were Mahoney. Bandy was integral in the game with a couple of big breakups.
▪ Prior to the 1987 Miami national championship team’s reunion on Friday night, the UM Sports Hall of Fame presented former coach Jimmy Johnson with a new Hall of Fame induction plaque “to replace his original plaque that was destroyed when Hurricane Irma ripped through his home in Islamorada,” the UMSHF announced Saturday.
Bennie Blades, Melvin Bratton and Leon Searcy were among the 1987 UM national championship class honored at halftime.
At the end of the first quarter, the 2018 Hall of Fame induction class — which includes coach Larry Coker, running back Frank Gore and return specialist Devin Hester — was introduced at Hard Rock Stadium. Coker and Gore couldn’t make it, but Hester was there. Also at the stadium from the 2018 class: baseball star Yonder Alonso, golfer Tina Miller Lloyd, track’s Dominique Darden and basketball’s Chanivia Broussard.
▪ UM Coach Mark Richt this week was among those coaches named to the midseason watch list for the 2017 Dodd Coach of the Year Trophy. The Dodd Trophy, according to the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation, celebrates the head coach of a team that “enjoys success on the gridiron while also stressing the importance of scholarship, leadership and integrity…”
Richt also was named to the midseason watch list for the Paul “Bear” Bryant Coach of the Year Trophy.