The arrival of Jim Harbaugh to Michigan has brought great things, but it’s come with a price. Defensive back Blake Countess is opting to play his fifth season elsewhere, becoming the fifth player to choose that route since Harbaugh arrived in December.
Countess announced his decision Wednesday via Instagram.
This announcement comes on the heels of Michigan formally introducing former Stanford cornerback Wayne Lyons as a graduate transfer.
Michigan will be looking to play press coverage next season with bigger, taller cornerbacks. Countess made 10 starts a year ago, but the addition of Lyons and a change in scheme may have carved the path to his departure.
Countess recorded during his four years at Michigan 114 tackles, 13 pass deflections and six interceptions (all of which came in 2013).
A University of Michigan graduate, Countess will be immediately eligible to play as a graduate transfer.
The Big House Report listed Countess as a second-string weak-side cornerback, behind Lyons, in our spring position previews.
Tyler Fenwick is the managing editor of The Big House Report. Follow him on Twitter @Ty_Fenwick.