Chase Winovich

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Chase Winovich
New England Patriots
Position:Defensive end
Personal information
Born: (1995-04-19) April 19, 1995 (age 24)
Jefferson Hills, Pennsylvania
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:255 lb (116 kg)
Career information
High school:Thomas Jefferson H.S. (Jefferson Hills, PA)
NFL Draft:2019 / Round: 3 / Pick: 77
Career history
Roster status:Unsigned draft pick
Career highlights and awards

Chase Winovich is an American football defensive end for the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL). As a junior, he was a 2017 first team (media) and second team (coaches) All-Big Ten selection. As a senior, he was first team All-Big Ten (both coaches and media) and receive several second team All-American recognitions. He played linebacker and tight end at Michigan before switching to defensive end as a junior. He was drafted 77th overall during the third round of the 2019 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots.

Early years[edit]

He played linebacker and quarterback at Thomas Jefferson High School in Pennsylvania, where he committed to Michigan over offers from Arizona, Arkansas, Florida State, Michigan State, Missouri, Northwestern, Ohio State, Pitt, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, and West Virginia.[1] At time he also played safety and return specialist.[2] Despite being a lifelong Ohio State fan and having an offer from Ohio State, he committed to Michigan due to his connection to Michigan head coach Brady Hoke.[3] Winovich's brother-in-law was also a huge Michigan fan.[2] On National Signing Day, February 5, 2014, Winovich was the first to submit his National Letter of Intent paperwork, which was officially processed at 7:03 a.m., to Michigan.[4]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Chase Winovich
Jefferson Hills, Pennsylvania Thomas Jefferson H.S. 6 ft 3.5 in (1.92 m) 217 lb (98 kg) -- Jun 1, 2013 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars
Overall recruiting rankings:
  • ‡ Refers to 40 yard dash
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height, weight and 40 time.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.


  • "Michigan Football Commitments". Retrieved November 28, 2017.
  • "2014 Michigan Football Commits". Retrieved November 28, 2017.
  • "ESPN". Retrieved November 28, 2017.
  • " Team Recruiting Rankings". Retrieved November 28, 2017.
  • "2014 Team Ranking". Retrieved November 28, 2017.

College career[edit]

2014–2016 seasons[edit]

Winovich began his Michigan career as a freshman linebacker, switched to tight end as a sophomore (for new coach Jim Harbaugh) before settling at defensive line in 2016.[2][5] He wore number 59 as a linebacker and 44 as a tight end (who also practiced at fullback).[6] He did not appear in any games for the 2014 Michigan Wolverines, appeared in 6 for the 2015 Wolverines and appeared in 13, starting 2 at defensive end for the 2016 Wolverines.[7]

2017 season[edit]

In the spring and summer of 2017, Winovich took ballet lessons in order to improve his ability to shift his weight and control his body.[8] He also studied Ju-jitsu in the summer to improve his agility.[9] On September 23, 2017, Winovich had 4 tackles for a loss, including 3 quarterback sacks against 2017 Purdue Boilermakers football team, earning Co-Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week.[10] The performance also earned him recognition as the Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week (Michigan's 7th such honoree since 2014 and 3rd on defense).[11] During the 2017 season, Winovich set a career high in tackles with 74. Winovich's 17.0 tackles for loss leads Michigan and the Big Ten and ranks tied for 11th in a single season in program history, while his 8.0 sacks are tied for most in the league. Following his redshirt junior season, Winovich earned 2017 All-Big Ten team recognition from the media (first team) and coaches (second team).[12][13] On January 3 it was announced that Winovich would return for a fifth year at Michigan.[14]

2018 season[edit]

On October 1, Winovich earned his second Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week recognition after recording 8 solo tackles and a sack to help Michigan overcome a 17-point deficit against Northwestern.[15][16] During the 2018 season, Winovich recorded 62 tackles to rank third among Wolverines and first among defensive linemen, and 14.5 tackles for loss to lead the team. Following the season, he was named to the 2018 All-Big Ten defensive first-team by both the coaches and media.[17] Winovich earned 2018 College Football All-America Team second team recognition by the Walter Camp Football Foundation, American Football Coaches Association and College Football News.[18][19][20][21] He earned third team recognition from the Associated Press.[22]

College Statistics[edit]

Tackles Def Int Fumbles
Year School G Solo Ast Tot Loss Sk Int Yds Avg TD PD FR Yds TD FF
*2015 Michigan 2 2 0 2 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0
*2016 Michigan 13 15 17 32 8.5 5.0 0 0 0 0 0 1
*2017 Michigan 13 36 37 73 19.0 8.5 0 0 0 0 2 2
*2018 Michigan 13 33 26 59 15.5 5.0 0 0 0 1 1 0
Career 41 86 80 166 43.0 18.5 0 0 0 1 3 3

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 3 in
(1.91 m)
256 lb
(116 kg)
32 34 in
(0.83 m)
10 in
(0.25 m)
4.59 s 4.11 s 6.94 s 30.5 in
(0.77 m)
9 ft 8 in
(2.95 m)
18 reps
All values from NFL Draft[23]

Winovich was selected by the New England Patriots in the third round (77th overall) of the 2019 NFL Draft.[24]

Philanthropic work[edit]

Winovich works with Tammi Carr and The ChadTough Foundation to raise awareness and money for Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) research. Tammi Carr's son, Chad Carr, who was the grandson of former Michigan head football coach Lloyd Carr, died in November 2015 at the age of 5 from DIPG, which is an inoperable malignant tumor in the brain stem.

Since teaming up with The ChadTough Foundation prior to the 2017 Michigan football season, Winovich has worked to increase awareness about DIPG. In December 2017, Winovich and several of his teammates and coaches dyed their hair orange for the 2018 Outback Bowl in order to raise over $200,000 for the ChadTough Foundation.[25] He has also participated in Dancing with the Michigan Stars, which raised over $143,000.[26]


  1. ^ Reid, Andy (January 22, 2014). "Recruiting Recap: Chase Winovich". Retrieved November 29, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c Wenzel, Matt (September 11, 2016). "Emotional Chase Winovich makes family, Michigan teammates proud in first start". Retrieved November 30, 2017.
  3. ^ Baumgardner, Nick (January 27, 2014). "Once a huge Ohio State fan, Chase Winovich swayed to Michigan by Brady Hoke's 'real' personality". Retrieved November 29, 2017.
  4. ^ Baumgardner, Nick (February 5, 2014). "Chase Winovich becomes Michigan's first signee of the day, personality reminds staff of Jake Ryan". Retrieved November 30, 2017.
  5. ^ Sipple, George (October 4, 2017). "Michigan football's Chase Winovich: 'Just that right amount of crazy'". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved November 30, 2017.
  6. ^ Baumgardner, Nick (March 23, 2015). "Chase Winovich now officially listed as a tight end on Michigan's roster". Retrieved November 30, 2017.
  7. ^ "15 Chase Winovich". CBS Interactive. Retrieved November 29, 2017.
  8. ^ Santo, Kevin (November 21, 2017). "The madness that made Chase Winovich". Michigan Daily. Retrieved November 30, 2017.
  9. ^ McMann, Aaron (October 6, 2017). "Michigan's Chase Winovich: Ballet, Conor McGregor and scrapping for crumbs". Retrieved November 30, 2017.
  10. ^ "Big Ten Football Players of the Week: Indiana, Iowa, Michigan and Penn State students earn this week's honors". CBS Interactive. September 25, 2017. Retrieved November 29, 2017.
  11. ^ "TCU RB Darius Anderson and Michigan DE Chase Winovich Named Walter Camp FBS Players of the Week, presented by Generation UCAN". September 24, 2017. Retrieved November 29, 2017.
  12. ^ "Thirteen Wolverines Named All-Big Ten on Defense, Special Teams". CBS Interactive. November 28, 2017. Retrieved November 28, 2017.
  13. ^ "Big Ten Announces Football All-Conference Teams for Defense and Special Teams: The Big Ten Conference announced the 2017 All-Big Ten football honorees on defense and special teams on Tuesday. A total of 63 students were selected to either of the All-Big Ten teams selected by the coaches and media, while another 63 students were awarded honorable mention status". CBS Interactive. November 28, 2017. Archived from the original on November 30, 2017. Retrieved November 28, 2017.
  14. ^ McMann, Aaron (January 3, 2018). "Chase Winovich says he's returning to Michigan for his final season". Retrieved January 4, 2018.
  15. ^ "Big Ten Football Players of the Week". CBS Interactive. October 1, 2018. Retrieved November 23, 2018.
  16. ^ "No. 14 Michigan rallies to beat Northwestern 20-17". ESPN. Associated Press. October 1, 2018. Retrieved November 23, 2018.
  17. ^ "Fourteen Wolverines Earn All-Big Ten Honors on Defense, Special Teams". CBS Interactive. November 27, 2017. Retrieved November 27, 2018.
  18. ^ Carbone, Al (December 6, 2018). "Walter Camp Football Foundation Announces 2018 All-America First and Second Teams". Walter Camp Football Foundation. Retrieved December 7, 2018.
  19. ^ "2018 All-America Team: Defense". College Football News. December 9, 2018. Retrieved December 11, 2018.
  20. ^ "All-America Announcements Kick Off with U-M Duo on Walter Camp Team". CBS Interactive. December 6, 2018. Retrieved December 6, 2018.
  21. ^ "Alabama's Tua Tagovalioa & Clemson's Christian Wilkins Headline 2018 FBS Coaches' All-America Teams". American Football Coaches Association. December 12, 2018. Retrieved December 12, 2018.
  22. ^ Russo, Ralph D. (December 10, 2018). "AP All-America team: Tide leads with 4 of 10 CFP players". Associated Press. Retrieved December 11, 2018.
  23. ^ "NFL Draft Prospect Profile – Chase Winovich". March 1, 2019. Retrieved April 26, 2019.
  24. ^ Chengelis, Angelique S. (April 26, 2019). "Patriots select Michigan defensive end Chase Winovich in third round". The Detroit News. Retrieved April 26, 2019.
  25. ^ "Michigan DE Chase Winovich's philanthropy astounds, inspires Tammi Carr". Land of 10. March 12, 2018. Retrieved May 21, 2018.
  26. ^ "Dancing with the Michigan Stars raises $143K for ChadTough Foundation". Retrieved May 21, 2018.

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