Ex-Wolverines: Class of 2011

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13Apr 2021
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Ex-Wolverines: Class of 2011

Blake Countess (image via Alchetron)

Here’s a look back at the recruits who did not pan out for Michigan in 2011, the transition class between Rich Rodriguez and Brady Hoke.


Chris Barnett – Tight end – Hurst (TX) L.D. Bell
Barnett was an outstanding tight end coming out of high school.  He tore his ACL during his senior year and struggled to regain his playing shape.  When he arrived at Michigan in the summer of 2011 for his freshman season, he weighed 278 lbs.  By late August the distance from home, the summer classwork, and the required physical conditioning forced him to leave the program and re-evaluate his options.  He enrolled at a Texas junior college, but left that program.
Current status: Unknown

Russell Bellomy – Quarterback – Arlington (TX) Martin
After the decommitment of Kevin Sousa in December 2010 (see below), Michigan was scrambling for a more traditional quarterback, whereas Sousa had been a dual-threat guy. He was previously committed to Purdue, but that changed when Michigan came calling. He redshirted in 2011. Then he played in five games in 2012, including stepping in for Denard Robinson against Nebraska, which was an ugly performance (3/16, 38 yards, 0 TD, 3 INT), and stuck around through 2014. Altogether, he was 4/23 for 46 yards and 4 interceptions at Michigan. He transferred to UTSA as a senior in 2015, completing 4/10 passes for 39 yards and rushing 7 times for 21 yards.
Current status: Out of football

Greg Brown – Cornerback – Fremont (OH) Ross
Brown was the first commitment of the 2011 class after choosing the Wolverines in September of 2009.  He enrolled early in January 2011, but was one of those kids who was caught in the middle between Rich Rodriguez and Brady Hoke.  Rodriguez recruited him, but he wasn’t fired until January, when Brown was already on campus.  The cornerback received mixed reviews in spring practices and played sparingly on special teams at the beginning of the 2011 season, but decided to transfer mid-season.  He played sparingly for Findlay in 2012, then transferred to Iowa Central Community College prior to the 2013 season.
Current status: Out of football

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30Nov 2015
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Ex-Wolverine Updates: Week 13

Dennis Norfleet scored a game-winner for Tuskegee


DB Blake Countess, Auburn: Countess made 6 tackles and 1 pass breakup in Auburn’s 29-13 loss to Alabama. Auburn was highly ranked to begin the year, but their final record is 6-6.

TE Keith Heitzman, Ohio: Heitzman made 1 catch for 5 yards in Ohio’s 26-21 win over Northern Illinois. The Bobcats are bowl-eligible at 8-4.

RB Dennis Norfleet, Tuskegee: Norfleet scored the game-winning touchdown on a 2-yard run with 19 seconds remaining in Tuskegee’s 35-31 win over North Alabama in the second round of the Division II playoffs. Norfleet also started the scoring with an 8-yard run, and had 21 carries for 136 yards and 2 touchdowns, 3 catches for 19 yards, and 2 kickoff returns for 44 yards. Tuskegee plays the University of West Georgia this coming Saturday at noon in the D-II quarterfinals.

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9Nov 2015
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Ex-Wolverine Updates: Week 10

Kaleb Ringer

CB Blake Countess: Countess had 5 tackles, 1 pass breakup, and 1 interception returned for 5 yards in Auburn’s 26-10 win over Texas A&M.

TE/DE Keith Heitzman: Heitzman was held catchless in Ohio’s 62-24 loss to Bowling Green State on Wednesday night.

RB/WR/CB Dennis Norfleet: Three weeks ago against Stillman, Norfleet had 4 carries for 74 yards and 1 catch for 38 yards in Tuskegee’s 49-20 win. Two weeks ago in a 38-28 win over Kentucky State, Norfleet had 5 carries for 83 yards and 1 touchdown, 1 punt return for 22 yards, and 3 kickoff returns for 18 yards.  Last week against Central State, he ran 14 times for 106 yards, caught 1 pass for 22 yards, and returned 2 kickoffs for 39 yards in a 19-7 win. This past Saturday, Norfleet ran the ball 15 times for 92 yards and returned 1 kickoff for 17 yards in a 26-23 loss to Miles.

LB Kaleb Ringer: Ringer made a career-high 10 tackles, plus 1 tackle for loss, in Georgia State’s 23-21 loss to Louisiana-Lafayette.

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3Nov 2015
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Ex-Wolverine Updates: Week 9

Dallas Crawford (#25)

Former CB Blake Countess: Countess had 5 tackles, 1 pass breakup, and 1 interception in Auburn’s 27-19 loss to Ole Miss. That’s Countess’s first interception since the 2013 season.

Former CB commit Dallas Crawford: Crawford made 5 tackles and had 1 kickoff return for 1 yard in Miami’s 30-27 win over Duke. He was also a part of Miami’s kickoff return unit that used 8 laterals to score on the final play of the game. You can see him here fielding the kickoff to start it off, and then the former high school QB throws the final lateral across the field. Hit the jump for the video and the rest of the updates:

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26Oct 2015
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Ex-Wolverine Updates: Week 8

Gareon Conley (#8)

Former CB Gareon Conley:
Conley made 5 tackles, 1 interception, and 1 blocked punt in Ohio State’s 49-7 win over Rutgers.

Former CB Blake Countess: In Auburn’s 54-46, four-overtime loss to Arkansas, Countess had 1 kickoff return for 30 yards, 5 tackles, and 1 pass breakup.

Former CB commit Dallas Crawford: Crawford made 2 tackles in Miami’s worst-ever loss, a 58-0 setback to Clemson.

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