Michigan defensive end Chase Winovich is listed at 6-foot-3, 253 pounds. He doesn’t really have the build of a ballerina.
During the offseason, however, Winovich went to a ballet class about 20 times. He disclosed this unconventional bit of fleet-footed training when he met with reporters on Tuesday evening.
“I’m willing to do what other people aren’t. Maybe they’re embarrassed or don’t have the resources, but this winter I took a ballet class,” Winovich said. “Probably took 20 or so lessons with an instructor down the street, which I think helped me agility-wise and with balance.”
Here are his full comments with reporters. His ballet discussion starts around the 10-minute mark.
The ballet, among other things, seems to be working for Winovich. The senior is tied for the Big Ten lead in sacks alongside teammate Devin Bush. They both have accounted for five sacks through Michigan’s first four games in 2017.
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