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Michigan loses starting corner to season-ending injury

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The humiliating loss to Alabama was bad enough.  As if to add insult to that injury, Michigan has now lost one of its top defensive players for the duration of 2012 as well.

Monday morning, the Wolverines confirmed that cornerback Blake Countess suffered a torn ACL in the 41-14 loss to the Tide Saturday night.  As a result, the true sophomore will miss the remainder of the 2012 season.

Countess suffered the injury on punt coverage early in the first quarter of the loss.

The loss of Countess for the season is a significant one for the Wolverines’ defense.  As a true freshman last season, he started the last six games of the year and his name littered myriad Freshman All-American teams.  Despite his relative lack of experience, he’s widely regarded as UM’s best cover corner. writes that Michigan’s top options to replace Countess in the starting lineup would appear to be junior Courtney Avery and sophomore Raymon Taylor (no relation).

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15 Responses to “Michigan loses starting corner to season-ending injury”
  1. tigersgeaux says: Sep 3, 2012 10:58 AM

    It is too early in the season to lose your starting and best cover corner. It is never good but this early is quite a blow. Best to Coach Hoke, putting Alabama behind them, and in getting the team focused for Air Force, and the first game of the season in The Big House.

  2. florida727 says: Sep 3, 2012 11:20 AM writes that Michigan’s top options to replace Countess in the starting lineup would appear to be junior Courtney Avery and sophomore Raymon Taylor (no relation).
    Of course he’s no relation, JT. HE’S AN ATHLETE! :) Just kidding. You know I love your work. Thanks for the great 5th Quarter write-up BTW.

  3. sparty0n says: Sep 3, 2012 11:49 AM

    Let the excuse brigade begin for their terrible season

  4. kiopta1 says: Sep 3, 2012 12:07 PM

    Get well young man.

  5. blueinok says: Sep 3, 2012 1:13 PM

    My husband and son were at the game – they said Alabama is just that good. Congrats to them/
    Spartyon – when you get the guts to play a team like Alabama – you wil then be entitled to your snarkly littl comments – until then STHell UP!

  6. primetime0552 says: Sep 3, 2012 1:43 PM

    Michigan state has 2 game series with Alabama, Oregon and the U starting in 2014. Michigan schedules one tough opponent every decade and pretend like they never schedule cupcakes. before you go off about msu not playing anyone look at who they have booked for the future. boise has also lost 6 games in 7 years. yep their a joke too….another clueless Michigan fan, what a surprise.

  7. gordiehowehattrick9 says: Sep 3, 2012 2:08 PM

    Well hey there is so many times Sparty can play powerhouses like Florida Atlantic, Montana State, Youngstown State, CMU, EMU and WMU. Another Sparty trolling on a post about Michigan….. what a surprise.

  8. sparty0n says: Sep 3, 2012 2:19 PM


    Alabama is that good yes. So it would have been a tough game for any team. That I will give ya.

    However, the team from Ann Arbor is gonna have a long season. They are not an elite team, should have never been ranked #8, do not have a real QB, and would have been better off with Robinson as a Percy Harvin, WR/HB hybrid player and make teams plan to cover him all over the field. As it is, all you have to do is contain the run and try and make him throw.

    I heard the hype all summer, and I just didn’t see how or where the excitement was coming from. Last year was an aberration due to scheduling and an inept coach in the bowl game. This years schedule balances out the cheap schedule of last year. Now reality hits the folks from Ann Arbor like a 2×4 square in the face.

  9. sparty0n says: Sep 3, 2012 2:32 PM


    MSU’s reality is that our team hasn’t been this good since the 60’s. I’m not going to pretend we’ve played the toughest schedule over the years. While you’ve lost to Appalachian State, we lost to MAC teams. So, I’m not going there. What I am saying is that the folks from Ann Arbor don’t know how to face reality, because I guess, they are “above that”.

    Sparty has been wishing for years we could be that good. We are finally getting there. The fans in Ann Arbor don’t know how to face reality when its staring you in the face. Here’s reality – think 7-5, Paul Bunyan stays in East Lansing for at least 2 more years.

  10. gordiehowehattrick9 says: Sep 3, 2012 2:58 PM

    Oh I can face the reality of U-M not being very good and being overrated this season. The dark cloud that was Rich Rod is still lingering over AA. The fact that Hoke and his coaches are making Denard Robinson a pocket passer when he is more suited to a spread offense is basically trying to put a round peg into a square hole.

    What my point was everybody schedules cupcakes, that’s the reality of the BCS era. I remember when U-M regularly brought in tough non-conference opponents when Bo was coach and even in the pre-BCS years of Carr’s tenure. So this constant bickering about who plays the tougher schedule is absurd.

    As far as Paul Bunyan goes I think it comes back to AA this year, but as long as Dantonio and Hoke are coaches of their respective teams, I think it will go back and forth for a while.

  11. thefiesty1 says: Sep 3, 2012 4:02 PM

    Ouch! And after that beat down. May be a long season.

  12. sparty0n says: Sep 3, 2012 6:21 PM


    I tried to approach my analysis of the season like fantasy football. It’s not easy. My 2 favorite teams are MSU and whoever is playing against Notre Dame. But, to win at fantasy football, you cannot pick your favs. You have to try honest analysis. I don’t see many fans in Ann Arbor who are objective as to the situation of their team.

    And I just don’t understand the hype around Robinson as a QB. I thought the national media was way out of touch. Before the season started, I predicted they would go 7-5, with an outside change of 8-4, but no better. Sparty will win at least 10 games. Paul Bunyan stays in East Lansing after a 34-10 victory (We will see if I’m correct on that one come Oct 20th.).

  13. gordiehowehattrick9 says: Sep 3, 2012 7:36 PM

    If you approach a college football season like you would like fantasy football, I feel that would be a mistake. There are so many more variables in the college game as opposed to the NFL. The talent gap between teams is so much larger and because there are so many more teams, gathering information is that much more difficult. Its so much easier to find out what a rookie in the NFL brings to the table as opposed to freshman in college because of the information out there before they even get drafted. Even so its still an inexact science.

    Robinson is a very athletic QB and can turn a game around with his speed. However, if he is forced to throw the ball he doesn’t always make good decisions and of course people know about his accuracy issues. The scary thing is Robinson is such a wild card at times you aren’t quite sure what you are going to get.

    This year’s game is in AA and it is a rivalry game so keep that in mind. Until the last 3-4 years U-M was always favored in this game but plenty of times MSU put up a hell of a fight. If MSU didn’t beat U-M they kept the score close. Last year the game was in EL and U-M was only down 7 late in the game until Denard threw that ill-advised pick-six. Considering the history of the rivalry you think it will be a 24 point margin of victory? With all due respect, you aren’t being too objective here.

  14. abrellbama says: Sep 4, 2012 1:26 AM

    Oh, so NOW you are saying that Rich Rod effects are still lingering and that Michigan is not good. Well, I guess last season and an 11-2 season for Michigan was just a BIG FLUKE for Michigan then huh? Hoke isn’t making Denard Robinson a pocket passer and any one that says he is is just an idiot. Denard took off running 10 times and his longest run was 9 yards. He got a total of 27 yards rushing BECAUSE you DON’T RUN ON BAMA’S DEFENSE and stay HEALTHY! Denard got hurt hitting the Bama defensive player that intercepted one of his passes. That hit knocked Denard to the ground but the defensive player was still standing. Bama’s defense is TOUGH! You just don’t run on them if you value your life. All last year, every single game, Denard’s longest run was in the double digits against each team. His longest run against Bama was just 9 yards. No, Hoke isn’t making him a pocket passer, the Bama defense did that. They contained him and forced him to pass.

  15. abrellbama says: Sep 4, 2012 1:34 AM

    spartyon-Bama beat you on 1/1/11 in the Capital One Bowl 49-7 and you guys were 11-1 going into that game and Big10 co-champs while Bama was 9-3 going into the game. Don’t act like Michigan is a bad team for losing to Bama 41-14. The truth of the matter is there are EXTREMELY few teams that can hang with Bama.

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