Early in the first quarter of an eventual blowout loss to National Champion Alabama, Michigan Wolverines‘ cornerback Blake Countess went down with a torn anterior cruciate ligament while covering a punt, causing him to miss the remainder of the season. The loss of Countess was a big blow to the Wolverines who already had a thin and inexperienced secondary.
Luckily for Countess, and Michigan, he was able to use a redshirt so he would not lose a year of eligibility. The now redshirt sophomore is fully recovered and looking to build off an impressive true freshman season he put together in 2011. In that season, he played in 12 games, starting the final six including Michigan’s win over Virginia Tech in the Sugar Bowl. He recorded 44 tackles (30 solo) including 1.5 for a loss and one forced fumble. He was also second on the team with six pass breakups, earning Big Ten All-Freshman honors from both ESPN.com and BTN.com.
Looking ahead to the 2013 season, Countess will have no trouble reclaiming his starting spot assuming he has no setbacks. He will have to knock off some rust after missing an entire year of football, but with two years of strength training and watching film since his freshman campaign, he should be up to the task of locking down one half of the field for the Wolverines. He will pair with junior Raymon Taylor, who filled in admirably for Countess last season, to form one of the better cornerback duos in the Big Ten. If he stays healthy, expect Countess to get All-Big Ten consideration.