Michigan Has Emerging Star at Tailback in Fitzgerald Toussaint



No matter what team you root for in college football, you have to admit it’s cool that the Michigan Wolverines have both Fitzgerald and Hemingway playing the offensive skill positions for them. We’ve profiled wide receiver Junior Hemingway, who’s had “A Movable Feast” of receiving yards this season.

Now we profile Fitzgerald Toussaint who ran for a career-high high 192 yards on 27 carries yesterday (previous high was 170 yards versus Purdue) and a fourth-quarter TD that ended any remote chances hope of an Illini comeback. Toussaint came out of the gates strong, going 65 yards on his second carry; 121 yards rushing after one quarter.

F. Scott Fitzgerald said “Action is Character.” Fitzgerald running for 8 yards shy of 200 versus Illinois, the nation’s 15th ranked run defense (6th overall defense) defined his character yesterday.

He averaged 7.1 yards per carry and now has 753 yards rushing this season. The Michigan starting tailback job has been kind of up in the air this season; Toussaint has it locked down now. When single threat QB Denard Robinson struggles throwing the ball down the stretch- and he will, the Wolverines now have a bellcow on the ground.

Toussaint talked about the big run that got him started:

“I just saw daylight. Coach always says run to daylight and that’s what I did. You always want to keep the linebacker in your left eye. Once he came over the top I could go backside. It gave me a lot of confidence for the rest of the game. I knew if we could execute early we could knock them out.”

Michigan hosts Nebraska next week in what will eliminate the loser from any chance of reaching the Big Ten title game. Michigan State currently has the inside track in the Legends Division.

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