Blake Countess Done For Year Comment Count

Brian September 2nd, 2012 at 10:07 PM


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.

Also, hurray!



September 3rd, 2012 at 2:48 PM ^

So when we have freshmen and redshirt freshmen out there on special teams and they blow contain and don't take on a block with the correct shoulder or don't stay in their lanes and squeeze who will we blame? Do we give up redshirts so that we don't have to put starters on special teams? Its football, players can get hurt on any of the best safety's ever to play in the NFL blew a knee up because he got juked by Barry Sanders (IIRC). THis is why depth is important.


September 2nd, 2012 at 10:18 PM ^

Still not sure why arguably our best pure corner is playing on punt coverage...but it seems like this year we will more than incur the amount of injuries we missed a year ago.


September 2nd, 2012 at 11:37 PM ^

But we're really not that light.  CB is not a think position for us. 

It just blows my mind how many people on this blog feel the need to blame someone for everything that happens.  It's fuck Al Borges because of our gameplan (as if that's why we lost) and fuck Brady Hoke for playing a starter on special teams. BC is a starter at a position that almost never subs, so playing him on special teams means he plays, what, 70 plays instead of 65?  Does that really make him that much more likely to get hurt?

Guys get hurt in football.  We don't have to blame a coach every time it happens. 


September 2nd, 2012 at 11:52 PM ^

Nobody is piling on the coach unfairly.  It was a dumb decision.  The same dumb decision that got Woolfolk hurt last year in the opener (and he was never really the same the rest of the year).  There is little/no reward (How much of a difference does Countess make even if he's the greatest gunner of all time and all the other guys on the roster suck, which is certainly not the case?) and the risk of injury running at guys full speed from that distance is significant. 

Not forcing the other team to stop Denard Robinson until the 2nd half when the game is all but decided is also a questionable decision.  If any other team's coach did it, you would think it was a dumb decision too.

Blue in Yarmouth

September 4th, 2012 at 8:09 AM ^

There isn't much that I question in regards the decisions Hoke has made since becoming coach here. The only thing I have ever had issue with is his insistance on playing key players on special teams. 

I think when you look at things like risk/reward, there really is no reason to have one of your best players at a position covering kicks and punts. Sure there are other positions that could afford to have a starter go down and not lose much (perhaps your linebackers) but corner isn't one pf them. 

I see someone above talking about depth at the position. Depth is one thing, proven depth is another. We don't have that at CB. 

Anyway, again I don't question much about what Hoke does, but this is one decision I have always found strange.


September 2nd, 2012 at 11:57 PM ^

I get that people get hurt.  Not arguing that.  But why have your #1 corner out there?  The #2 or #3 can't get the job done on ST?  And anytime you have to bring in a 5'8" true freshman to play corner, yes, you are light on talent at that position.  Just because we have a bunch of scholarship corners doesn't mean we have talent at the position.


September 3rd, 2012 at 1:54 AM ^

There's no way you can tell me that you agreed with gorgeous Borges' gameplan last night. That is patently absurd. I love Denard, but he is not, and will never be, an accurate pocket/west coast QB. And that is what Borges asked him to be for the majority of the game. Of course, the caveat of ALA defense applies in full. But Borges made their job easier. I don't think he used our talent effectively. He didn't put the players in the best position to be successful, which is what coaching is all about.

But I really opened this thread to ask: Are we allowed to panic yet? This Blake injury is going to hurt
this year. Hoping for a full recovery.


September 3rd, 2012 at 9:36 AM ^

100%. if the offensive gamplan was to run denard 30 times and he got hurt, then they would get all over borges for doing that. the aholes that piss and moan about borges would find fault with anything he does. borges was no more at fault for the loss than the players that didn't execute the plays called.

coastal blue

September 4th, 2012 at 1:19 PM ^


Because maybe Denard makes a play that no one else on our roster could have with Fitz being out.

He's our best offensive weapon. 

I agree that we probably were never going to win, but I'm sick of people acting as if the coaches did everything in their power to give us the best opportunity to win. 

If you don't believe we should have ran Denard 20+ times yesterday, then I guess you also believe we never should have played the game.