Blake Countess To Transfer Comment Count

Brian May 13th, 2015 at 3:00 PM

Via his instagram:

That is a blow to Michigan's secondary. Countess was the leading candidate to start opposite Jourdan Lewis, give or take a Wayne Lyons, and even in the event he lost the job he figured to see considerable playing time spotting various guys in the secondary.

Countess struggled mightily last year as Michigan transitioned to a man press style, but was an All Big Ten performer as a sophomore in a zone system. It is possible that Michigan apparently rededicating themselves to the aggressive system they had to ditch midseason last year may have precipitated a transfer. Either that or the usual transition stuff compounded by the availability of immediate eligibility elsewhere.

Other than Lyons, the main beneficiaries of Countess's departure figure to be Brandon Watson and Channing Stribling. Watson was impressive in the spring game and has a ton of experience as a press corner; Stribling was promising as a freshman before a relatively anonymous sophomore year.

Countess was set to be a fifth year senior so this doesn't impact recruiting classes going forward; it does end any questions about if any contributing walk-ons would get stiffed. If anyone else leaves Michigan would have a spot to add another fifth year transfer.

Godspeed, Mr. Countess.

Comments

WolvinLA2

May 13th, 2015 at 8:27 PM ^

I love how you're accusing fans of being "homerish."  

He wasn't hating on Countess.  But yeah, I don't like it when our players leave either.  If he was leaving because he was a star and entered the draft, that's fine.  If he simply moves on from football like Jack Miller, that's OK too. And if he simply wasn't going to see the field at MIchigan, that's not going to rub a whole lot of people the wrong way.  

But Blake Countess wants to play football this fall, just not for us.  And he was going to play every single game he was healthy.  I'm not hating on the kid, but it's OK for fans to be upset about this kind of stuff.  At times it seems like it's not PC on this board to ever be upset.  If I can be happy when a good player chooses my team, I can be upset when a good player decides to leave.

LBSS

May 13th, 2015 at 4:40 PM ^

Allow me to complete the thought: Poop poop poop poop poop.

I always loved Countess a little extra-much because we share a not-especially-football-strong and not-exactly-a-UM-pipeline home state.* I hope he plays well wherever he goes and I hope he ends up playing on Sundays.

*Couple of other recent Michigan recruits notwithstanding

gwrock

May 13th, 2015 at 3:07 PM ^

This is where I sort of wonder how transfers in (Rudock, Lyons) affect the morale of current players who've been here. Thoughts?

Glennsta

May 13th, 2015 at 3:19 PM ^

You've really got to want to compete for a job, as opposed to expecting to play just because you have been here previously.

I expect a lot of transferring out during the next few years as well. Sometimes, it's got to be hard to get a 3-star or 4-star to accept the fact that his productivity and effort merit being #4 on the depth chart... especially when the kid could be starting elsewhere.  I can't believe that, what with us recruiting 2 QB's a year (as JH is wont to do) some of those QB's are going to leaving every year.

Glennsta

May 13th, 2015 at 3:19 PM ^

You've really got to want to compete for a job, as opposed to expecting to play just because you have been here previously.

I expect a lot of transferring out during the next few years as well. Sometimes, it's got to be hard to get a 3-star or 4-star to accept the fact that his productivity and effort merit him being #4 on the depth chart... especially when the kid could be starting elsewhere.  I can't believe that, what with us recruiting 2 QB's a year (as JH is wont to do) some of those QB's are going to leaving every year.

Jeff09

May 13th, 2015 at 10:33 PM ^

I'm sure those who buy in and bust their asses to earn the starting spot will be just fine with it. Guys who can't hack it or want to be pampered (or just plain think Jim is a huge pain in the ass) probably won't be. I'm fine if the former stick around to the detriment of the latter.

MayOhioEatTurds

May 13th, 2015 at 3:08 PM ^

Really sad to see Countess go.  He has been a wonderful player for Michigan, and has always, always, been a complete class act. 

Good luck in all you do, Blake.  Congratulations on graduating.  We will all miss you. 

buddhafrog

May 13th, 2015 at 3:26 PM ^

Fuck I read that as Ohio State and my heart was filled with betrayal and shock.

Okie State I can handle.

I actually don't think this will be too bad for us. I think this has to do with the commitment of press man to man defense - which is not Blake's strength, but which I favor.

Best of luck Countess.

JonnyHintz

May 14th, 2015 at 5:17 PM ^

No, stats don't tell the whole story. But he had more tackles and 6 more picks AFTER his injury. He didn't become less effective because he tore his ACL. He actually made more of an impact. He seriously degressed least season. But it had nothing to do with his ACL. You don't accumulate more tackles and 6 more picks and be considered worse than before.

evenyoubrutus

May 13th, 2015 at 3:15 PM ^

After his freshman year I really believed he was going to be a Leon Hall clone so it's sad to see him go, but I think Michigan has the personnel that this won't be a huge impact.  It does mean that an injury in the secondary could have bigger implications though.

kstevens26

May 13th, 2015 at 3:15 PM ^

Best of luck to Blake.

Has been a class act from day one and a great contributor. He didn't fit our defense scheme anymore and will likely seek a team whose scheme fits him better. He has a knack for getting to the ball in zone.

Space Coyote

May 13th, 2015 at 3:16 PM ^

Thought he really struggled big time because he lost confidence last year. It looked like in the Spring he got a lot of that back. He was never going to be a great press CB, but you don't have to play press to play tight coverage, and I thought Countess could have fit into that role well.

Was looking forward to him turning it around this year, so sad to see him go.