Michigan Wolverines starting running back Fitzgerald Toussaint will not be taking the field against the Crimson Tide on Saturday in Dallas. Toussaint was suspended today by Michigan head coach Brady Hoke, along with defensive end Frank Clark. Both players are suspended for one game, and will not be making the trip to Dallas.
Hoke commented on the suspensions:
The decision was not easy, but I feel it is in the best interest of this program and for these kids, and those always will be my priorities. We have choices every day, and you have to be accountable to this program, your teammates, your family and the University of Michigan.
The suspensions come after Toussaint pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of operating a vehicle while visually impaired. He was charged in late July for operating a vehicle while intoxicated. Clark, meanwhile, was charged in July with second-degree home invasion, a felony.
Toussaint was listed as the starter against Alabama on the Michigan depth chart. The redshirt junior rushed for 1,041 yards and nine touchdowns last season.
The move to suspend both players, but particularly his starting running back, is a gutsy call by Hoke. It indicates a seriousness of purpose that Wolverine fans should be proud of, despite what it may cost them against the Crimson Tide.
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