Courtney Avery is Michigan's new starting cornerback, according to a report from MLive. Blake Countess, who opened the season as the Wolverines' starting corner, will miss the remainder of the season with a torn ACL.
Time at the position was split between Avery, sophomore Raymon Taylor and true freshman Terry Richardson in Michigan's loss to Alabama. Avery was burned on an early play by Alabama wide receiver DeAndrew White, giving the Tide a touchdown and making it 14-0.
Avery, a junior, played corner for the Wolverines in 12 games in the 2011 season, including three starts. He finished the season with 26 tackles, .5 sacks, four passes broken up, two fumble recoveries, one fumble forced and tied for the team lead with two interceptions. The highlight of his season was undoubtedly the last-minute interception vs. Ohio State, sealing Michigan's first victory against its rivals since 2003.