Forget wearing the prize for being a takeaway machine — riding it is much cooler.
Last fall camp, the Boise State football team had a turnover belt that was earned by the defender who was a thorn in the offense’s side that day in practice. This year, just a few yards off the practice field is a shiny, freshly-painted new reward.
Yes, the hottest ride around is a spruced-up white BMX bike with a gold seat, gold streamers and a gold mini football on the handlebars. It even includes a king’s crown to wear and a flag on the back that reads, “It’s All About The Ball.”
“The defensive staff ... tried to come up with a new, fresh idea to keep it exciting, creating takeaways in practice,” cornerbacks coach Jeff Popovich said. “(Defensive coordinator Andy) Avalos had an extra bike at the facility. ... We’d talked about giving guys rewards at various times through practice the last couple years.”
Popovich said the staff designed it together after agreeing on the new reward. A sign on the side of the bike reflects the attitude the defense is trying to incorporate — “King of Chaos.”
The first recipient of the honor, which includes a Powerade and the choice of music on an affixed cell phone, was senior STUD end Jabril Frazier, who had an interception in Friday’s practice. The winner gets to ride it to and from the practice field.
“I guess I created some chaos for the offense the first day, and I was happy to ride that bike back to the facility,” Frazier said. “The bike is unique. ... Nobody wants to walk back, so it was definitely good on my legs.”
Trophies for creating turnovers were in vogue on sidelines last season, from a chain to a trash can to a plain ol’ wooden plank. It worked for Boise State, which went from nine takeaways in 2016 to 26 in 2017.
So, will we perhaps see the bike be ridden out alongside a hammer-carrying player at Albertsons Stadium this year?
“I wish, or at least when we get one (in a game), at least ride the bike on the sidelines or something,” Frazier said.