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Chase Winovich makes ESPN midseason All-America team

The senior defensive end leads the conference in tackles for loss with 10.5.

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ESPN’s Chris Low pegged Chase Winovich as one of the two starting defensive ends Monday on their midseason All-America team.

“He’s surrounded by talented players,” Low writes, “but opposing coaches will tell you that Winovich is the guy who makes it all go for a defense that’s playing at a championship level.”

Winovich leads the Big Ten in tackles for loss with 10.5. This is also tied for fifth nationally.

Overall, the 6-foot-3, 255-pound senior has racked up 35 tackles (per ESPN) and three sacks.

While a four-star prospect out of Clairton, Pa. in 2014, Winovich was moved to tight end prior to the 2015 season. He switched back to defensive end in 2016 and chipped in five sacks in limited snaps.

His stats ballooned to 73 tackles, 19 TFL’s and 8.5 sacks in 2017. With three more sacks, he enters the Michigan all-time top-10 list, passing Robert Thompson’s 19 from 1979-1982.