Help On The Way…Defense Gets a New Addition
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As was reported here last evening – Auburn has landed some help in the defensive backfield. Blake Countess, defensive back out of Michigan, is transferring to Auburn and is looking to be eligible right away and compete for immediate playing time.
This is a big boost to a depleted secondary that has lost multiple players via transfers or injury.
It sounds like Blake made his decision after a recent visit to The Plains over Arizona and other potential stops in Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.
I’m not fully clear why he made this decision to transfer, but we do know that new Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh recently welcomed a defensive back transfer from Stanford.
Blake graduated from Michigan but wanted his last year of eligibility elsewhere. And as a graduate transfer, he will not have to sit out a year.
Inside the Numbers:
At 5′- 10″, 185 lbs., Countess was a three-year letterman for Michigan, appearing in 38 games with 30 starts. Blake was named to the All-Big-Ten Freshman Team but suffered a season ending knee injury against Bama to open his sophomore season.
He rebounded as an All-Big Ten-First Team media selection in a junior year that saw him tie for the Big Ten lead with six interceptions in 2013. He continued that recognition into his senior year being named to the 2014 Bronko Nagurski Trophy watch list and finishing with an All Big Ten Honorable Mention after posting a season with three pass breakups and 24 tackles.
The addition of an experienced player of his caliber is certainly good news for the Auburn Family. We welcome Blake and his future contribution to the 2015 Auburn football season!