Navy breaks out turnover chain in season opener vs. BYU

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What started in 2017 when the University of Miami broke out the "turnover chain" following a fumble or interception on defense has become a phenomenon across the college football landscape.

Numerous teams had donned their own version of the chain, and one of the latest programs to join in is Navy.

During Navy's 2020 season opener against BYU, a first-quarter pass from Cougars quarterback Zach Wilson landed in the arms of Navy defender Evan Fochtman for the Midshipmen defense's first turnover of the season.

Thus, the turnover chain was shown to the world for the first time in this campaign.

It appears Navy has taken the term "turnover chain" quite literally because that is an actual chain hanging around the neck of Fochtman. Unlike some of the more flashy designs, the program is going for a true symbol of grit and hard work.

However, the chain has not been heavily featured throughout the rest of the season opener, as Navy trailed BYU 48-0 in the third quarter.