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Winovich Wants The Smoke From Wisconsin: "I Hope They Run To My Side Every Time"

The defensive end leads the Big Ten in tackles for loss.

October 10, 2018 - 9:02 am

Chase Winovoch has heard the hype about Wisconsin's offensive line, that it's the best in the Big Ten, that it might be the best in the country. Bring it on, he says.

"It does motivate me. I heard the same thing last year, I heard the same thing about Ohio State. I personally love the smoke. I hope they run to my side every single time," Winovich told the Jamie and Stoney Show on 97.1 The Ticket.

Truth is, this is how Winovich approaches every opponent. He said he was disappointed last week that Maryland rarely tried to attack him.

"I charted the plays. They ran to my side once, I think, excluding jet sweeps. That’s the first thing I said after the game to Coach Canada, (Maryland's offensive coordinator), I said, 'I wish you would have ran to my side more.' I embrace that. For me, I’ve always been that chip-on-the-shoulder guy," Winovich said.

This week, ahead of No. 15 Wisconsin coming to the Big House, he's delivering the message early. 

"I hope they see some kinks in my game and bring it all to my side and we can test how great they are, because I see it on film. They have been a dominant force in Big Ten football, so we’re looking forward to kind of putting them to the test," said Winovich. 

The senior defensive end leads Michigan in sacks (3.0) and leads the Big Ten in tackles for loss (10.5). The Wolverines lead the Big Ten in total defense.

It's unclear if Winovich will be joined on the field Saturday night by fellow D-linemen Rashan Gary and Michael Dwumfour, both of whom are dealing with injuries. But he's optimistic they'll play. 

"I expect them to go, they expect themselves to go," he said. "They’re obviously battling through some injury stuff that I don’t know the full extent of, so it’s tough for me to comment on. Regardless, it’s always been the culture here -- next man up. If they’re not there, someone’s obviously going to have to take their place. 

"That’s the great thing about this defensive line that I think is different than last year. We have guys that can do that. We have guys that are experienced enough that they can step up and fill those roles, and it’ll be a good challenge for us. Challenges are good because sometimes you don’t know how it’s going to be, even later in the season, and somebody has to make plays. I think we have the crew to do it." 

Other highlights from Winovich's interview:

Why this year will end differently for Michigan: I think it’s pretty obvious. There’s something different about this team than some previous teams I’ve been a part of. I think the offensive line has stepped up, which has enabled Shea Patterson to emerge. He’s my roommate, and he’s a great guy and an even better football player. When he said he was thinking about coming here, that was enough for me to say, 'Let’s do this.' I bought into it, and clearly I think he’s putting us in a position where no matter who’s on our schedule this year, I think we’ll at least have a chance to put up some points and win." 

Which rival he hates more, Ohio State or Michigan State: "I just think I don’t like each one in different ways. Ohio State, it’s weird, I think we might have a better relationship with their players in the sense that it’s strictly almost, like, ideologies. It’s Ohio State versus Michigan, it’s such a huge game, whereas Michigan State I think there’s actual almost animosity between players. I think that’s the biggest difference. But I hate both of them, I want to beat both of them. I don’t distinguish my hate. I hate everybody I play, it’s not just them. I just want to beat everybody we play, and after the game, as long as we win, it’s all love. If we lose I’m going to hate them until next year."