Former All-Big Ten CB Blake Countess transfers to Auburn


Former Michigan cornerback Blake Countess is transferring to Auburn to finish his college football career.

The Auburn Tigers have lost some players in the secondary who didn’t fit the scheme of new defensive coordinator Will Muschamp, but they got some much-needed help at the back of the defense with the transfer of former Michigan cornerback Blake Countess.

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Countess announced on May 13 that he would be leaving the Wolverines program after he graduated and thus is eligible to play a fifth and last season this year.

The 5-10, 180-pound cornerback made 30 starts in his career at Michigan and should instantly upgrade an Auburn secondary and pass defense that finished 12th in the SEC and No. 70 overall with an average of 230.1 yards per game allowed through the air per game.

Countess shared the news of his transfer via his Instagram account.

Countess made 46 tackles and had six interceptions two seasons ago en route to making the All-Big Ten team in 2013, but didn’t pick off one quarterback last year and saw his tackles drop to a career-low of 24.

The former four-star recruit is the second high-profile player to transfer into the Auburn program, joining former Texas offensive lineman and former five-star recruit, Darius James, who announced his plans to transfer to Auburn on May 17.

Countess also considered Arizona where Rich Rodriguez is the head coach and who Countess originally committed to when Rodriguez was the head coach of the Wolverines but was fired before Countess got to play for him.

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