UM transfers: Countess to Auburn, Hayes to Southern Miss

The Detroit News
Blake Countess

Former Michigan cornerback Blake Countess has decided to transfer to Auburn while ex-Wolverine running back Justice Hayes is headed to Southern Mississippi.

Both players graduated from Michigan so they will be eligible to play immediately at their new schools.

Countess wrote on Instagram on May 13, shortly after graduating from UM, that he would transfer for his final season of eligibility.

"The past four years here at the University of Michigan have been great! 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," Countess wrote.

Countess (5-10, 185 pounds) is from Owings Mills, Maryland. He played 38 career games at Michigan, with 114 tackles and six interceptions.

He was redshirted in his sophomore season of 2012 after suffering a season-ending knee injury in the opener against Alabama.

Hayes (5-10, 190 pounds) is from Grand Blanc. He played in 29 games for the Wolverines, with 68 rushing attempts for 302 yards and one TD. He was redshirted as a freshman in 2011.

He was a star at Grand Blanc, with 380 rushes for 2,624 yards and 21 TD, despite missing most of his senior season with a wrist injury. He also caught 53 passes for 549 yards and five TD. He was the No. 3 player on The Detroit News Blue Chip list in 2011.