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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13Oct 2015
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Ex-Wolverine Updates: Week 6

Dennis Norfleet (#18)

Former QB Russell Bellomy:
Bellomy left the program at the University of Texas-San Antonio. He had been a backup quarterback.

Former CB commit Gareon Conley: Conley made 3 tackles in Ohio State’s 49-28 win over Maryland.

Former CB commit Dallas Crawford: Crawford made 5 tackles in Miami’s 29-24 loss to Florida State.

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22Sep 2015
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Ex-Wolverine Updates: Week 3

Dennis Norfleet (#18)

Former quarterback Russell Bellomy:
 Bellomy was 1/4 for 3 yards, and he ran 2 times for 2 yards in the University of Texas-San Antonio’s 69-14 loss to Oklahoma State.

Former cornerback commit Gareon Conley: Conley had 1 pass breakup in Ohio State’s too-close 20-13 victory over Northern Illinois.
Former cornerback Blake Countess: Countess had 4 tackles and 1 pass breakup, but the Auburn Tigers got trounced by the LSU Tigers, 45-21. Countess was the unfortunate recipient of a Leonard Fournette trucking, too.

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16Sep 2015
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Ex-Wolverine Updates: Week 2

Blake Countess (#24)

Former QB Russell Bellomy: In a 30-3 loss to Kansas State, Bellomy was 3/4 for 36 yards for the University of Texas-San Antonio. He also had 4 carries for 4 yards.

Former CB Blake Countess: The big story for Countess is that he was ejected for “targeting” on a tackle against Jacksonville State. It was a poor call, in my opinion, as he just happened to hit the runner’s head as he slid to the ground. Countess made 3 tackles before the ejection.

Former CB commit Gareon Conley: In victories against Virginia Tech (42-24)and Hawaii (38-0), Conley has notched 9 tackles, .5 tackles for loss, .5 sacks, 1 interception, and 2 pass breakups.

Hit the jump for updates on several more former Wolverines and commits.
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6Sep 2015
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Ex-Wolverine Updates: Week 1

Adrian Witty

Former QB Russell Bellomy:
Bellomy, who is now at the University of Texas-San Antonio, is the backup quarterback. He went 0/2 passing and had 1 rush for 15 yards in a 42-32 loss to Arizona.

Former OG Kyle Bosch: Bosch earned a start for West Virginia as they beat Georgia Southern by a score of 44-0.

Former TE commit Pharaoh Brown: Brown is still working his way back from last year’s knee injury and did not play in Oregon’s season-opening win against Eastern Washington.

Hit the jump for updates on numerous other former Michigan players and commits.
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