Chase Winovich is the most high-profile Michigan player who could leave the Wolverines a season early for the NFL. With that comes speculation on whether or not the junior defensive end would play in Michigan’s bowl game, but he’s put that to rest quickly.
“I’m playing regardless. You’ll need an army to keep me out,” Winovich told reporters Tuesday.
Offensive lineman Mason Cole and fullback Khalid Hill also confirmed to reporters that they will play for Michigan in the Outback Bowl against South Carolina on New Year’s Day.
Winovich added he has not made a decision on whether or not he’ll leave for the NFL early. Mock drafts don’t have much to say about him yet, but NFL Draft Scout ranks him as the No. 10 defensive end available.
He’s mulling over the decision now, and said he plans to have a decision within two weeks.
“I’ll lean one way for a couple days, then I’ll go another way,” he told reporters. “The consensus is that I can’t go wrong. If I leave this year, I go make a lot of money. If I come back here, nothing against Brandon Peters, but with Shea (Patterson) coming here, just the possibilities are endless and it would be a great opportunity to see things through.”
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