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
All-American and helped his team win the Washington Catholic Athletic
Conference back-to-back championships.