Chase Winovich Believes He Hasn't Played His Best Football Yet

Chase Winovich Believes He Hasn't Played His Best Football Yet

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Chase Winovich Believes He Hasn't Played His Best Football Yet

When talking about the Michigan defense, people gravitate towards certain names. Rashan Gary and how he was the number one player coming out of the 2016 recruiting class and how much of a force he will be in the NFL, and Devin Bush and how fast and hard hitting he plays the game.

A name that has been talked about more and more over the past year has been defensive end Chase Winovich. Winovich could have declared for the NFL draft last year, but decided to return to Michigan and that seems to have been a big help for him as he is having a great season so far with 27 tackles, nine and a half for loss and three sacks.

While that won’t put him in the Heisman watch list, he has certainly improved his game and gotten better and better every year, and while he thinks that he has been playing better, Winovich tells us he hasn’t played his best game yet.

“I feel like I’m definitely playing better and some of my best football, but I still feel like I haven’t played my best football,” Winovich said. “I’m setting myself up for that game where it’s like ‘this is Chase Winovich’ and I don’t think I’ve played that game yet. I think it’s coming.”

Winovich is coming off his best game of the season against Northwestern where he had nine tackles, three for loss and a sack. For his best game though, Winovich already has it in his mind on what it looks like.

“The way I see it in my head if I had to look at it from a numbers standpoint, I would look at it and say multiple sacks, just from a creating opp percentage, from a pass rush point I’d say just simply unblockable,” Winovich said. “No matter what they did, no matter how many people they put on me, in my head that’s what I’m chasing, so whenever I come out and I have a good game and a lot of people tell me how great it was and stuff, in my head, it could be better. I wanna be a shark in a game full of guppies.”

So when talking about the Michigan defense, again nobody focuses too much on Winovich compared to Gary and opposing teams don’t as well either as more runs go towards Winovich’s side and more blockers focus on Gary, leaving Winovich with one blocker and a better chance to make a play.

“There are tons of ways Rashan helps myself and the entire defense I mean Rashan is just a baller,” Winovich said. “I think the biggest thing about Rashan is that he’s such a presence that even if they’re not maybe paying more attention in terms of blockers on him, that it kinda funnels people towards me and typically I have my biggest days because you saw in the first half I had nine tackles or ten tackles whatever it was because they were running a lot more plays my side. But whenever you’re that guy, sometimes they don’t necessarily do that and makes it a little tougher. I think Western Michigan was kinda an example of that in recent memory, that they ran a lot of strong sides didn’t do a lot of shifts and y across.”

Winovich doesn’t mind the extra attention though if Gary has to get off the field.

“I love the smoke and it’s a great opportunity for my fellow defensive linemen, Kwity Paye really stepped up, Josh Uche great game as well,” Winovich said. “That’s the great thing about our defense is that one difference between this year and last year is that we got guys that if you know how Rashan, unfortunately, went down and had a shoulder problem, other people stepped up and the attention kinda shifted away from him and maybe a little be more onto me, somebody else is there to make plays.”

Winovich and the defense will have to be ready this week as they host Maryland on Saturday, Oct. 6 at noon in Ann Arbor.

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