Blake Countess Is Getting National Recognition

By George Yarberry
EFN National Director
Published: 07/20/2014

Two years ago, Blake Countess had a season ending knee injury in the first game of the year against Alabama. He knew he had a long road to recovery and it wasn’t going to be easy. Countess took the challenge head on and bounced back nicely last year.

Countess, a 5’10 183-pound defensive back, earned 1st Team All-Big 10 honors voted by the media, and was tied for the lead in the Big 10 in interceptions with 6. He had 46 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 4 pass defended, and ran back 2 of his 6 interceptions for touchdowns.

Countess is one of Michigan’s top returning players and has been getting some national recognition for his performance in 2013. He is on the Jim Thorpe Award Watch List. This award is given to the top defensive back in the country. Every major pre-season college football magazine has had Countess on their All-Big 10 Team.

Countess has excelled at every level. He went to high school at Our Lady of Good Counsel in Maryland. He was a 2nd Team All-American and helped his team win the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference back-to-back championships.