Michigan came away with a 29-13 win over Air Force on Saturday, but the Falcons made a strong impression on defensive end Chase Winovich.
Michigan hosted Air Force on Military Appreciation Day, and Winovich showed not only his appreciation for the military but also his respect for the Falcons’ product on the field.
“We’re resilient, and we’re tough, and it was a good test for us, playing a tough team like Air Force,” the redshirt junior from the Pittsburgh suburbs said. “I feel bad for the terrorists that these guys are eventually going to go against because these guys fought hard. And this is totally different from a military standpoint, but these guys played hard, and I think it was a good test for us.
“You have to respect them,” he continued. “I was talking to my dad about this and a couple other people before the game. It’s almost, like, tough to get motivated to go against these guys because the same rallying cries you might be able to say, like, ‘Let’s go get these guys!’ I don’t know, it’s just weird. You don’t want to disrespect them because they’re so honorable and noble individuals for signing up to do that.”
Winovich is sporting a new look. He recently lightened his shoulder-length hair to a golden-blond shade, and at one point tucked it under his helmet during the game Saturday.
“For me, it was a matter of adapting,” Winovich said. “The weather was hot out there, and when you get the hair on the back of your neck, you don’t want to trap the heat in. I said, ‘I gotta survive out here. I gotta try to conquer these guys.’ So I tucked it up.”
Winovich also was asked about his recent hair appointment.
“I have a special announcement coming in the next couple weeks,” Winovich said. “I’m partnering with a foundation, and we’re going to do some charity work, but I don’t want to announce it yet. I’m working out things with coach [Jim] Harbaugh and with the foundation, but it will be exciting. I’ll get to help the community a little bit, that’s done so much for me.”