By: Phillip Lutz, Sports Editor

Defensive standout Chase Winovich will return to the University of Michigan for his fifth and final year.

“Those who stay will be champions,” Winovich tweeted after his decision not to enter the draft.

“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.”

Winovich had an All-American year in the Big Ten. He recorded 77 total tackles in 2017. He also had 18 tackles for loss which led the Big Ten and came in second with eight sacks.

Winovich made his presence felt every game in 2017. He was not sure about his future after the Outback Bowl loss Monday but on Wednesday he was clear and passionate about his return.

Winovich will be a huge presence for the Wolverines in 2018 as he will try to improve his draft stock. Most NFL insiders said Winovich would have been the No. 8 defensive end in this year’s draft class.

Michigan will now return nine starters for the 2018 season.  

Winovich will now be the anchor of Michigan’s defense for 2018 as they will be forced to play without Maurice Hurst and Mike McCray.