The Michigan football program will be returning one of its top defensive linemen in 2018.
On Wednesday afternoon, breakout defensive end Chase Winovich announced on Twitter that he will be returning to Ann Arbor for his fifth and final year of eligibility.
Winovich led the Big Ten in tackles for loss (18.0) and finished second in sacks with eight during the 2017 campaign.
“After much deliberation, I have decided to forego 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.”
Winovich began his announcement with a quote from legendary Michigan coach Bo Schembechler which read, “Those who stay will be champions.”
Winovich’s decision means Jim Harbaugh’s defense is expected to return nine of 11 starters on the defensive side of the ball next season.
When you add in the addition of Ole Miss transfer Shea Patterson at quarterback, the Wolverines have the making of a serious contender in the Big Ten and a team capable of being involved in the College Football Playoff picture.