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Kennesaw State football team’s turnover trophy ranked among nation’s best

KENNESAW, Ga. (Sep 6, 2018) — After making national headlines during Kennesaw State University’s historic football season last year, the team’s sideline trophy – Plank – has been listed by Yahoo Sports as one of the best turnover celebrations in college football.

Plank, a block of wood with eyes and a smile drawn on, was ranked No. 4 on the list behind Miami’s Turnover Chain, Boise State’s turnover throne and Memphis’s Ric Flair-inspired turnover robe. KSU was the lone team from the Football Championship Subdivision to earn a spot on the list.

The anthropomorphic piece of wood first gained national attention after Taylor Henkle, a former defensive back and Kennesaw State graduate, was photographed with Plank following his interception that sealed the Owls’ victory at Montana State. Shortly thereafter, Plank became a trophy awarded to KSU defensive players who cause a turnover during a game. The popularity of Plank spawned stories by SBNation, Sports Illustrated, The Washington Post and USA Today, generating more awareness of Kennesaw State football.

– Travis Highfield


A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit