ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Chris Wormley had a choice at the end of his season in January. He could could go pro or comeback to Michigan and to settle what he says, is "unfinished business" for U-M this fall.
Well, the choice was easy says Wormley, he simply wanted to end his Michigan career with a few more accolades, like beating his rivals and most notably wining a Big Ten championship to end his career.
"There were a lot personal decisions that went int it, there were a lot of team decisions that went into it, we wanted to win a Big Ten championship. Hasn't been that way in 12 years now. It's a longtime coming, we're excited to embrace these expectations," Wormley said on why he cam back for his fifth year senior season.
"I just came back because there were some unfinished business we had team-wise, beating certain teams, getting that Big Ten championship, leaving that name of Michigan football, defense especially, having a good taste in everyones mouth."
In 2015, Wormley finished with a team-high 14.5 tackles for loss including 6.5 sacks, and was named to the All-Big Ten third team (coaches) for his effort. Now, as a fifth-year senior, he is expected to anchor one of the best defensive lines in the country, as No. 8 Michigan enters its season with lofty expectations to compete for the Big Ten championship and beyond.
"I think to live up those expectations you have to embrace those expectations," Wormley said. "Because if you don't you're kind of just sitting there, you're vulnerable to getting upset, vulnerable to not playing as best you can, you're suspect of nothing the type of player you want to be.
"So when you have all those expectations, and you have the players that we have, you have coach (Jim) Harbaugh, you have the Jordan brand coming, there is a lot of things working towards that first game against Hawaii (on Sept. 3). We're just excited to get out there and show what we can do."