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A source close to the team has told me Blake Countess has torn ligaments in his knee and is done for the year.
Countess will get a medical redshirt and be a redshirt sophomore next year; in his stead, Michigan has some hard choices. Courtney Avery was not up to the task on the outside against Alabama. Raymon Taylor and Terry Richardson also got in there, though in the part of the game in which Alabama was just running out the clock. This might mean we see a lot more of Jarrod Wilson in the nickel package. Last night he came in and Michigan moved Thomas Gordon down to the nickelback spot.
I would say this would get us a great 5th year Countess now at least but if he really is going to be that good, we could only get next year from him and then he could go to the draft. That would suck
I would rather get a great year out of Countess next year and have him go in the first round of the draft than for him to have two or three so-so years. Roster turnover is the nature of college football.
I remember a week ago when I was reading analyses that said this year, the secondary would be a strong point on the defensive side of the ball. Great.
Good luck to Mr. Countess for his full recovery.
Sad news :( Speedy recovery.
but it's not a function of playing 'Bama. He's just as likely to get hurt playing Eastern Michigan.
Now perhaps playing him on ST was a mistake, but I recall Meyer playing a lot of starters on ST when Florida was winning national titles. The best players play, sometimes they get hurt. That's football. Some of the armchair coaches on this board act as if we should just play scrubs until the OSU game, so then everyone will be healthy. They won't have any game experience, but they'll be healthy. Until they get hurt in practice. But that NEVER HAPPENS to defensive backs.
myers talent when he was winning championships allowed him to do that. michigan protected denard at all cost by not running him. so why would u put ur best corner on sp teams?
Actually a really good point. If we shut down our best offensive weapon because 'Bama was going to beat us anyway/the B1G is what matters/whatever, it makes playing the number one corner at gunner a bit wierder.
Jonelle famously put Drew Stanton on the KO coverage team and he blew his knee out in a bowl game they lost. It doesn't make sense to me to have starters pulling dangerous duty like that....there's just no reason for it. You never saw Alfonzo Dennard or Johnny Adams playing gunner.
Hope he gets well soon...this is a HUGE blow for our D that was already thin. Lewan better be okay, but i'm seeing some tweets that he may be out a month.
Putting a cornerback on punt coverage is much more logical than putting a quarterback. The former happens all the time. The latter only happens on planet JLS.
It sucks beyond belief that he got hurt, but teams put starters on STs all the time.
At least we still have Demar Do..... Oh right.
Well at least we still have Colton Christi.... Oh right.
Good thing we still have Justin Tur.... Shit.
We can turn to Terrence Talbo... Seriosuly?
Time to get some experience for Greg Bro.. C'mon this is getting old.
Time to drink.
You drank already I guess, Colton Christian is a BB player, I guess you mean Cullen Christian, anyways... sad news, but hey, this CBs we have got are in the team for a reason
Damnit. I can't believe I was so delirious that I screwed those two up. Wrong week to stop sniffin glue.
Well I thought we had a chance at 10-2 this year, I don't think we are going to win 10 now.
Mother of all dong punches. Rest up, BC!
Okay okay okay, let's be rational. We have a decent secondary and lost a key guy. This is still better than two years ago when we had a mediocre secondary and lost THE key guy. Kovacs, Gordon, and Floyd are still in there.
But having one weak point does allow an offense to key on and attack that point, as Alabama did almost immediately when Countess went out.
So....who do you think we go with now? Avery who has a lot more game experience or Taylor who might have a wee bit more size?
My guess is probably Avery at first but I think he might be on a short leash.
Avery got torched immediately when he was put in. Should spend the next two games getting Taylor experience. Avery is not the answer or even an acceptable stopgap
Field looked slick to our players and not to Alabama did anyone else notice that?
Probably all the lamb blood 'Bama players are forced to shower in, fully clothed, before games.
Pretty sure Saban sold his soul to the devil so you're probably right
I know we want the best playes on the field, even on special teams, but does the team have absolutely no one else to run down field and make tackles? Blake was a starter, so the question is, was it really necessary for him to play special teams?
I keep refreshing the site hoping that Brian posts a new message saying his insider was wrong and Countess is all right. No luck so far.
Maybe this next one will do the trick.
Whelp Bama just keeps on giving. Speedy and healthy recovery Blake.
that Brandon doesn't get the itch to schedule a rematch with Bama like he did Appalachian St.
I'll take a rematch in 2015....absolutely I'll take that rematch. If everything goes to plan when this Freshman class are juniors we should be damn near rolling.
Your looking at either Bellomy as a RS SR or Morris as a Junior/RS Soph.
It all looks rosy when we just look at the commitments on rivals but we were feeling equally good about this game 2-3 years ago when it was scheduled because Denard would be a senior and we'd finally be settled into the system. A lot can change in 3 years
That's a major coup for their AD...right? You can rip Brandon for scheduling Bama, you can rip Brandon for not scheduling them twice. But you absolutely have to pick one or the other.
not to have major injuries. Key players stayed relatively healthy for the season. Doesn't look like we are off to such a fortunate start as we were last year. I wish Blake a speedy recovery.
Just remember, we don't have it as bad as Iowa and their RB situation.
I blame Brian for jinxing us by wearing his AIRBHG shirt for the podcast.
Yes. I do believe they have to burn it now. Maybe live on the next podcast?
It was Ace that wore it.
Agreed. A big part of last year's success was the lack of serious injuries. We're still too thin at many positions to seamlessly fill that gap between starter and backups. Maybe some freshmen can develop and contribute like Blake did last year.
We have Curt Mallory we will be fine. Gibson minus all the points.
Blake, tough break but get well soon. You will be back better than ever I do not doubt it.
First Jerry Nelson dies, the voice of Sesame Streets The Count. Now Blake is done for the year.
In slightly better news, you know that Brian is a baller when he's getting RT'd by Bruce Feldman.
Here's to Blake having a healthy recovery!
I knew it wasn't good when they were checking him out on the table doing the stability test.
Again...Starting Corner as a Gunner? Put your 2nd string in...Come On Man!
Get well Blake. The Team needs you!
Foxtrot Mike Lima!!
Get well soon Blake