Following his 48-yard touchdown reception in Saturday’s FAU victory over Air Force, Jovon Durante ran to the sideline, slipped a special jewelry chain over his head and continued the celebration with teammates.
The touchdown chain itself is thick and sliver in color. An approximately six-inch wide silver football that would look at home on a cowboy’s belt hangs from the chain. The FAU logo, which features white winged “FAU” letters outlined in blue and the owl head underneath adorn the football. The logo is accented in red.
The chain made its debut during the Owls’ victory over the Falcons.
Anyone who scores a touchdown will have a chance to wear the chain on the sideline.
Chains honoring significant athletic feats have become the ultimate fashion statement for South Florida sports teams. Last season the Miami Hurricanes’ turnover chain, given to a defender who creates a turnover, made national news.
“We did the Touchdown Chain because on offense you can’t really get a turnover but everybody can score a touchdown on the team,” tight end Harrison Bryant said.
This summer the Miami Marlins created an MVP Chain, which is awarded to the game’s most valuable player.
After Devin Singletary’s rushing touchdown, he made sure the Owls’ offensive line understood he was wearing the chain for them.
“He came to us and was like, this is y’all boys, too,” guard Antonio Riles said.
As an offensive lineman, Riles isn’t the most likely Owl to don the chain, but he still approves of the reward.
“I think it’s dope, because if I pick up a fumble or something like that, and I get to wear the touchdown chain, that would be dope, too,” Riles said.
Durante’s touchdown, his first as an Owl, capped a big afternoon for the redshirt junior. Utilizing speed the Falcons couldn’t match, Durante caught 12 passes for 174 yards, both career highs for the former West Virginia Mountaineer. Durante sat out last season in compliance with NCAA transfer rules.
Fellow wide receiver Willie Wright was also spotted on the FAU sideline sporting the touchdown chain following one of his scores.
The Owls hope to have a few more players model the jewelry on Saturday when Bethune-Cookman of the FCS level comes to Howard Schnellenberger Field. Last season the Owls pummeled the Wildcats 45-0 for the first win of the Lane Kiffin era.
Kickoff on Saturday is scheduled for 6 p.m.