Wanted to share this article. Great piece on Blake Countess and his rapid development as a true freshman.
ANN ARBOR — Lined up across from the opposing team’s top receiver is Michigan cornerback Blake Countess, a headstrong young man being afforded an opportunity that few Wolverines who have played his position have gotten.
For 60 minutes, Countess will shadow every move of his quick, rangy counterpart in one of the few one-on-one battles displayed in a football game.
This scenario hasn’t happened, but give it a year or two and it might. Given his rapid rise up the depth chart, the true freshman Countess could develop into a premier shut down cornerback defensive coordinator Greg Mattison envisions, similar to Charles Woodson or Marlin Jackson from the past.
Already Countess is arguably the team’s best player at his position, steadily progressing from a promising newcomer in camp to a key reserve to a guy who two weeks ago supplanted fifth-year senior Troy Woolfolk as starter.
“Everybody wants to be known as a shutdown corner,” Countess said Tuesday. “It comes with a lot of work. I think I can do it, but I mean, I still have a lot of work to do. But it’s definitely a goal.”
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