Earlier this offseason, Blake Countess had surgery to repair an injury in his core. Many Michigan Wolverine football players should have been concerned at the time, but it appears he will be available for camp later this summer, which is great news.
Countess is a player that has a nose for the football, and has been turning heads in Michigan’s secondary for several years now. This year could be his last in Ann Arbor, and I truly believe he will impress throughout.
Last year Countess accounted for six (6) interceptions, which was good for seventh-best in the FBS. He also had forty-six (46) tackles on the year, and received All-Big Ten First Team(media) honors. The eye-popping numbers came after a season where he had to redshirt due to a knee injury that ended his season prematurely.
Below are player expectations based on opinions from David Mormino, and they do not necessarily reflect the views of TheBigHouseReport or the contributors.
You may be wondering why I predicted that Countess will only have 4 interceptions last year, considering he had 6 the previous season, but I will go more in-depth in a moment. Countess was tested often last season, but thrived under the pressure and when he was challenged. I believe that the quarterbacks in the Big Ten will try and test players like Jourdan Lewis and Raymond Taylor instead of Countess; I say it out of respect to Countess’s game that he will have less interceptions. I don’t believe that Countess will be thrown at as much, which will cause his interceptions to dip just a bit.
I see Countess mirroring his production on the field this year, and the same goes for his tackling. He will be mainly a cover guy, but can help in run situations if needed.
Defensive Touchdowns: 1
Last season Countess did score on an interception return, a 72 yard touchdown against Minnesota in October, and I feel like he can do the same this year, potentially against a different opponent. As Countess plays, he seems to be a ball-magnet, which leads me to believe we will see him in the endzone at least once next year.