Looks like it worked out for all parties involved - didn't realize Blake ended up playing half the season at safety. Thankfully we had no major injuries among the DBs during the regular season as many had penciled in Blake and Wayne Lyons as 2 of the key DBs about 10 months ago!
Countess was named the team's Defensive Player of the Year after after totaling 65 tackles with two interceptions and 10 pass breakups. The graduate transfer started all 12 games in the secondary, including six at safety.
Congratulations to Blake Countess on being named a starting CB in Auburn depth chart!
I haven't seen much discussion of the disappearance of Blake Countess in the second half of the Penn State game. I wasn't looking for him every down, and the UFR will present us with a definitive answer, but it seemed to me that we moved away from a nickel package featuring Countess at NB in the early part of the game to a lot of 4-3 (presumably 4-3 Over but I can't tell) featuring James Ross MAKING PLAYS mixed in with a nickel package that suddenly featured Cass Tech little person Delonte Hollowell at NB. It's obvious that Jourdan Lewis has taken Countess's job on the outside, but now I wonder if Countess has finally lost his job on the inside, too.
For what it's worth, I thought Hollowell showed well enough in press coverage (or at least I didn't notice anything terrible), while Ross MADE some great PLAYS, including authoritatively holding the edge in a play that's already been given the .gif treatment around here. The only Blake Countess sighting I remember late in the game was his recovery of Penn State's second, post-fictional-penalty onside kick.
I'll be looking to this week's defensive UFR for answers, but in the meantime, what do you think has happened to Blake Countess and the CB depth chart?
In case you need an inflammatory comment to get going, I'll say this: if I'm Blake Countess, I'm busting my ass to graduate this year so I can take a graduate transfer to a team playing a zone defense that fits my skills in the hopes of getting drafted.
Also, just for fun, I'm putting the over/under on the number of downvotes from people who also call me stupid in the comments at 2.5. Total downvote over/under: 10.5.
Not sure why all our injuries seem to focus so heavily on our top 10-12 players every year. Seems like Blake had a surgery per Mlive. Since it was not done immediately after 2013 season one has to assume the team doctors thought it would heal on its own over time but did not.
Michigan junior cornerback Blake Countess recently underwent a surgical procedure to repair a core injury suffered during the 2013 season, according to a team spokesman. Countess, a 5-foot-10, 183-pounder from Owings Mills, Md., is expected to make a fully recovery, and is expected to be back at 100 percent for fall camp this August.
Article posted on ESPN this morning. I thought it was worth a read.
When asked about being the B1G's best CB next year:
"If I'm not in that role next year, then I'll feel like I have taken a step backwards, which just cannot happen," he told ESPN.com. "So that's definitely a goal in the back of my mind. Last year is over and done with, but moving forward means taking the next step."