Blake Countess Wins Auburn's Defensive Player of the Year Award

Blake Countess Wins Auburn's Defensive Player of the Year Award

Submitted by alum96 on December 13th, 2015 at 7:28 PM

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.

Did #2 lose his job on Saturday?

Did #2 lose his job on Saturday?

Submitted by Jon06 on October 14th, 2014 at 12:51 PM

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.

Blake Countess has "Core Injury" Surgery, Expected back for Fall

Blake Countess has "Core Injury" Surgery, Expected back for Fall

Submitted by alum96 on June 7th, 2014 at 8:21 PM

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.

Blake Countess - Ready to be the B1G's Best CB

Blake Countess - Ready to be the B1G's Best CB

Submitted by Simps on March 21st, 2014 at 10:51 AM

Article posted on ESPN this morning. I thought it was worth a read.

http://espn.go.com/blog/bigten/post/_/id/97713/michigans-blake-countess…

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."

U-M Football Game Five Rhymin' Time - MGoBlog Sonnet 105

U-M Football Game Five Rhymin' Time - MGoBlog Sonnet 105

Submitted by chatster on October 7th, 2013 at 8:12 AM
While the federal government was in shutdown mode.
Wolverine fans were worried their heads might explode
‘Cause a Homecoming victory was looking in doubt.
But that close game at halftime turned into a rout.
 
Though not always “accurate*,” Gardner got yards in bunches
With seven grabs for one fifty on his throws to D. Funchess.
There was offensive line shifting and some other nice tricks
Like Jibreel Black’s forced fumble and the Countess "pick six."
 
There were key catches by Jeremy, Jehu and Drew
And TDs for Fitz Toussaint and Derrick Green, too,
And Wile’s fifty-five-yard punt downed inside the one,
But concerns that, for Pipkins, his season is done.
 
So, Jon Falk, you can still keep that Little Brown Jug!
And Drew Sharp ranks Michigan!**  (Must be his new drug.)
 
* Listening to the Mike Patrick/Ed Cunningham RegurgiThon commentary about Devin Gardner’s lack of passing accuracy almost made me want to throw up. 
 
**  Drew Sharp ranks Michigan 24th in the country this week.

Rivals: Opponents Size Up Michigan's D Anonymously ($)

Rivals: Opponents Size Up Michigan's D Anonymously ($)

Submitted by Sinsemillaplease on July 25th, 2013 at 12:07 PM

Really cool article that features some of our opponents' anonymous responses to questions about Michigan's defense. They're very homogenous/consistent responses. An interesting read for those with Rivals subscriptions.