Miami Hurricanes O-linemen have their own kind of ‘Turnover Chain’

Kc McDermott and Sebastian the Ibis before Miami-Georgia Tech. (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post)

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CORAL GABLES — Their teammates get to have a little more fun. After making an interception last week against Syracuse, Miami cornerback Michael Jackson, proudly wearing the Turnover Chain, held a football like a newborn and pretended to rock it to sleep. In the crowd behind Jackson and the TV camera, a player put on a pair of shades and posed.

After Tuesday’s practice, right guard Corey Gaynor was preening in a decidedly less flashy manner.

“I’m gonna build a house,” he said.

This year, Miami’s offensive linemen show their swagger with bricks, not chains.

Hurricanes who make interceptions and fumble recoveries get to wear a gold-plated Cuban link necklace with a ‘U” pendant made of orange-and-green stones. It has become a viral sensation. Big men get their reward, though it’s decidedly more workmanlike.

“It’s a brick painted in school colors with your number and the score on it,” said Gaynor, a freshman from Parkland-Douglas High. “It’s an actual brick that they paint, and it’s awesome.”

Gaynor has two, for crushing blocks against Georgia Tech and Syracuse. Senior left tackle Kc McDermott has three bricks. Junior center Tyler Gauthier has one.

Unfortunately for the linemen, they have to wait to celebrate. Bricks aren’t awarded on the sideline. They’re handed out when coaches review the film afterward.

Though offensive players can’t get the Turnover Chain, Gaynor still has dreams of doing a touchdown dance. In his first half-season at UM, he was briefly used as a fullback. Which would make him an eligible receiver, and maybe he could …

“Catch a pass?” he said, grabbing hold of a reporter’s intimation. “One-handed, down the sideline, for sure.

“I say, ‘Offensive lineman by day, skill position by night.'”

O-line notes 

* Freshman right guard Navaughn Donaldson (sprained right ankle at Florida State on Oct. 7) “probably could have played last week,” offensive line coach Stacy Searels said. “Trying to get him a little bit better. Hopefully he’ll be back out there this week.”

* According to our count, three offensive linemen — McDermott, Gauthier and right tackle Tyree St. Louis — have played all but 10 snaps this season. The only time they went to the bench: late in the fourth quarter of Miami’s season-opener against FCS Bethune-Cookman.

Searels said McDermott has been graded highest: “He’ll play good the whole game and then there’s one pressure here or one bad block here and he’s really done a good job of eliminating the bad play.” Searels would like to see St. Louis be more physical, though he’s hardly ever on the correction tape Searels shows in meetings.

* Right guard Hayden Mahoney “may not have the most ability,” Searels said, “but he trusts his fundamentals, his techniques and plays with great effort. I trust him and he’s doing a good job.”

* Gaynor was shifted off the fullback position for walk-on Michael Parrott, who made his debut last week. Gaynor said he “messed up a little bit” in the Duke game. UM had a goal-line play that was busted (more on UM’s goal-line struggles in a post to come).

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