Winovich: Michigan Building 'A Powerhouse,' Loss to OSU 'Wasn't Us'

Winovich: Michigan Building 'A Powerhouse,' Loss to OSU 'Wasn't Us'

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Winovich: Michigan Building 'A Powerhouse,' Loss to OSU 'Wasn't Us'

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The last time Michigan fifth-year defensive end Chase Winovich met with the media, he was hopeful that he would get his first career win over Ohio State, after four losses.

However, it wasn’t meant to be.

By now, everyone knows what happened in the 62-39 drubbing down in Columbus, and while Winovich will leave Ann Arbor without a coveted win over the Buckeyes, he makes no excuses.

However, he does so with something of a caveat: yes, the defense got burned in a way it has never been in this rivalry. But, that’s only somewhat indicative of how good Ohio State is.

As Winovich states, it’s Michigan’s fault that the Wolverines gave up so much to the Buckeyes offense.

“We didn’t have our best game that day, obviously,” Winovich said. “I don’t think anybody would say that. It wasn’t us. It happened, it is what it is. We’re going to look it in the face. But it wasn’t us being way worse than Ohio State. We had a bad day and they capitalized on it. Like we’ve been doing, we’re going to come back stronger, and we’re going to remember this next year.”

Of course, there’s been a modicum of fallout from The Game. Fans have been unruly, demanding wholesale changes in the program, from coaches to personnel and everywhere in-between.

Perhaps the biggest loss, however, is that of 2019 Tulsa (OK) Booker T. Washington five-star safety Daxton Hill, the crown jewel of the recruiting class for the Wolverines, who flipped his commitment to Alabama on Saturday night.

While it was as much of a surprise as it was a disappointment, Hill offered no reasoning as to why he reneged on his commitment to Michigan. Some assume that it’s because of the loss to Ohio State and how lopsided that was. Others could say it’s because of the yearly rumor that Jim Harbaugh is headed back to the NFL, which he felt the need to refute on Sunday morning.

When asked if he would lobby quarterback Shea Patterson to return to Michigan for his senior season as he did, Winovich didn’t say much to that, but instead chose to treat it as an opportunity to make sure that those considering attending school in Ann Arbor aren’t dissuaded by the regular season finale of 2018.

“To any recruit or any potential guy that sees what happened in the Ohio State game (and) is persuaded against coming to Michigan because of that, I would say, that, alone, is a mirage, and they should not be fooled,” Winovich said. “What we’ve built here and what we’re continuing to build is a powerhouse. And that’s the Michigan that I’m leaving — it’s a Michigan that’s heading (upwards). The sky is the limit. Not to quote Buzz Lightyear — to infinity and beyond (is what) we’re working with here.”

For now, Winovich & Co. will have to prove it on Dec. 29, as the Wolverines will head down to Atlanta to take on Florida in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl to close out the 2018 season and the departing Michigan players’ careers in Ann Arbor.

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