Michigan CB Blake Countess says he's transferring

Two days after officially adding Stanford cornerback Wayne Lyons as a graduate transfer, Michigan is losing a player at the same position.

Blake Countess, a senior with 30 career starts, announced on his Instagram account Wednesday that he plans to transfer to another program for his final season of eligiblilty.

“My past four years here at the University of Michigan have been great!” Countess wrote. “Nothing but love and appreciation for Ann Arbor, the faculty, the coaches, the support staff and the great fans but after many sleepless nights and much prayer I have decided to play my final year of eligibility elsewhere. I truly thank those that have been there for me and hope you would continue to do so.”

Countess was a significant contributor for the Wolverines since he arrived on campus in 2011. As a true freshman, Countess played in 12 games for the Wolverines and worked his way into the starting lineup for the final seven games of the year. After going down with a season-ending knee injury in the opener against Alabama in 2012, Countess returned to the field in 2013 and started a combined 23 starts in the next two seasons.

Overall in 38 games, Countess totaled 114 total tackles, six interceptions, 13 passes defended and 3.5 tackles for loss. He was a first-team All-Big Ten selection in 2013.

As a graduate transfer, the 5-foot-10, 185-pound Countess would have immediate eligibility at his next stop.

Countess’ departure looks to open up a starting spot for Lyons at corner opposite Jourdan Lewis in the fall.

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