Confirmed by Michigan head coach Brady Hoke himself, starting running back Fitzgerald Toussaint has been suspended after being arrested and charged with driving under the influence this weekend.
“Fitz made a poor decision and has been suspended indefinitely because of that action,” Hoke said in a statement. “There are expectations that come with being a student-athlete at the University of Michigan and those responsibilities were not met in this instance.”
According to SalinePatch.com, Toussaint was arrested around 11:45 p.m. on Saturday night in Ann Arbor. After being pulled over due to a traffic violation, a breathalyzer revealed that the Michigan runner was over the .08 legal BAC limit. He was arrested and charged with operating a vehicle while impaired.
As made evident by the “indefinitely” part of Hoke’s statement, it’s unknown how much time Toussaint will miss this upcoming season for the Wolverines. It’s likely that his suspension will consume the entire preseason and could even take a chunk out of the regular season as well. Considering that Michigan kicks off the season against the Alabama Crimson Tide, this could prove to be a very painful suspension.
Last season, Toussaint led all Michigan running backs with 1,091 yards and nine touchdowns on 187 carries. Although he’s considered a talented runner, he has shown little thus far to put his name in the running for NFL Draft consideration. This arrest doesn’t help, either.
With Toussaint currently out of the picture, the Wolverines will have to depend on senior Vincent and sophomore Thomas Rawls to pick up the slack in the running game. Smith finished last season with 298 yards and two touchdowns on 50 touches, whereas Rawls contributed a meager 79 yards on 13 carries.
Michigan was looking like one of the favorites to come away with the Big Ten Legends Division crown. This certainly won’t help their standing and it isn’t helping Toussaint get any closer to tasting the NFL when his time in Ann Arbor is over.