Pretty much 95% of the buzz surrounding the Miami Hurricanes this weekend was not their 41-13 win over Bethune-Cookman. Though a blowout, it wasn’t the most impressive victory to start the season. What everyone is talking about is that egregious gold chain that was debuted around sophomore Malek Young’s neck after his interception in the end zone killed the BCC drive and sealed the blowout.
The chain which is called the “Turnover Chain” was an idea created by defensive coordinator Manny Diaz as an incentive to the players on defense to force turnovers. Young was the first guy to wear the chain, and it’s a fun little gimmick that gained a ton of publicity. Basically it’s so Miami.
🚨🚨@CanesFootball has TURNOVER ICE🚨🚨
— FOX Sports South (@FOXSportsSouth) September 2, 2017
With all that said, the Canes are going to have to break that chain out a lot more often than they did on Saturday if they want to compete for an ACC crown. Most games, especially the more competitive ones are often won off turnovers. Win the turnover margin, and your team is likely to win the game. For Miami on Saturday the defensive didn’t look like the dominating force they were expected to be coming into the season. Certainly a few flashes, but they have a lot to work on.
Miami certainly has potential to create turnovers. During fall camp grad transfer Dee Delaney was apparently a complete ball hawk, either intercepting passes or forcing fumbles pretty much every day. So much so that the coaching staff reported that it became contagious and the defense was causing a lot of havoc with turnovers. That did not translate to Saturday however and that’s something that is going to need to be addressed.
This Saturday the Canes take their first road trip to Jonesboro, Arkansas to face Arkansas State. They should handle their business, but this opponent and atmosphere is going to be a much larger challenge than Bethune-Cookman. Mark Richt is already preparing his team not to overlook Arkansas State as Miami has to play Florida State the following week. One way they can help their cause is to force several turnovers on Saturday. Doing that, they should handle their business in Jonesboro and be primed for their game against the Noles.