Michigan defensive lineman Chase Winovich is going to stick around Ann Arbor for one more season. He made the announcement through his Twitter account on Wednesday morning.
According to head coach Jim Harbaugh, Winovich had actually made his decision weeks ago but wanted to wait for the right moment to make the announcement. While Harbaugh knew the decision, he wanted the defensive lineman to be the one to break the news.
“After much deliberation, I have decided to forgo the NFL and come back to Michigan for one last season,” Winovich wrote. “It’s my absolute honor to represent this university for one more season after everything it has done for me. Time to work.”
“Those who stay will be champions”
After much deliberation, I have decided to forego the NFL and come back to Michigan for one last season. It’s my absolute honor to represent this university for one more season after everything it has done for me. Time to work pic.twitter.com/l8pb1Z4Chq
— Chase Winovich (@Chase_Winovich) January 3, 2018
Winovich is coming off a spectacular junior campaign, recording a B1G best 18.5 tackles for loss and eight sacks. He also totaled 77 tackles and forced two fumbles this season.
Michigan finished the year 8-5.
In the last two seasons, Winovich has racked up 27.5 tackles for loss and 13.5 sacks. He’s been a member of a stacked defensive line that has included players like Taco Charlton, Rashan Gary and Maurice Hurst, among others.
Winovich recorded at least one tackle for loss in 10 of Michigan’s 13 games this season. He had a tremendous performance in the B1G opener against Purdue, making 3.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks in a 28-10 win over the Boilermakers.
As Michigan returns a wealth of talent and brings in transfer quarterback Shea Patterson, the Wolverines are expected to be one of the top contenders in the B1G East in 2018.