In the first game of the 2012 season, Michigan cornerback, Blake Countess, suffered an ACL tear on a special teams play against the University of Alabama that sidelined him for the entire season.
With much hype and expectation surrounding Countess’ sophomore season, the Wolverine fanbase was devastated to see him go down. With the dawn of the 2013 season around the corner, Countess’ recovery has been going extremely well, and he is rearing to go come the fall.
Following his surgery, Countess has devoted countless hours in the film room, preparing on the academic side of the game. Despite not being able to perform physical activity for the majority of the fall and winter, Blake has been studying the defensive schemes and helping coach the other players—he feels that he has grown in that facet of the game.
Countess acknowledges he may have lost a step physically, but insists he will get back to where he needs to be come Week 1 of the 2013 Michigan football season.
Throughout spring ball, Countess has refrained from partaking in contact drills, as the coaches don’t see a need to risk potential re-injury, but Countess says he will be ready to go come the fall. When asked about the comeback, and his yearning to compete, Blake said, by “being out for so long, I am hungry and can’t wait to get back on the field. I think the energy I will bring this year will help us tremendously.”
Countess has been doing everything except contact drills and is confident that he will come back a more physical player and a leader in the defensive secondary for Michigan.
Throughout the 2012 season, one of Michigan’s weaknesses proved to be their secondary and the chemistry between the corners and safeties. This was glaringly evident in their loss to South Carolina in the Outback Bowl, as they were burnt for multiple, deep touchdown passes.
With Countess set to return, he will be a great addition to a secondary that can use his speed and agility.
Despite missing essentially the entire 2012 season due to his ACL injury, Blake looks forward to having the opportunity to compete in the coming season and is hoping to do big things for the maize and blue. Countess stated, “the recovery process was long and definitely not easy, but I look forward to overcoming this adversity. Personally, I want to be an all Big Ten selection, and the goal for the team will always be to win the Big Ten championship and win the Rose Bowl.”
Michigan opens their season on August 31 against Central Michigan, followed by an encore of the epic Notre Dame matchup under the lights on September 8 at the Big House. Countess and Michigan are ready to do big things in the 2013 season, and as Countess always says, “the sky is the limit!”
All quotes obtained firsthand unless otherwise noted.