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With ‘clear separation,’ Toussaint emerges as UM’s likely RB starter

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The future in Michigan’s backfield may belong to über-recruit Derrick Green, but the here and now belongs to the incumbent.

Fitz Toussaint, the Wolverines’ leading rusher among running backs last season, missed the last two games of the season after breaking his leg in a win over Iowa last November.  Returning from that injury that kept him out of spring practice as well, Toussaint has put considerable distance between himself and, among others, Green to win the starting job again.

At least, if the season began today he would.

“If we’re going to get technical about it, Fitz would be the starter,” Michigan coach Brady Hoke said about the opener Aug. 31 against Central Michigan. “There’s a clear separation that Fitz is the guy.”

As for Green, it appears he’s a ways away from making any type of meaningful contribution.

Green, a five-star member of UM’s most recent recruiting class rated as the No. 1 RB in the country by Rivals.com, came to summer camp a bit on the hefty side and missed several practices due to an ankle issue.  While Hoke said he’s looking to get the talented back additional reps, he also cautioned that the jump from high school to college, even for someone like Green, is a lot harder than it looks and comes with a steeper learning curve.

“Like most freshmen, they’re highly-touted and tremendous players and all those things,” Hoke said. “But that next step is a step that’s bigger than they may think.”

Interestingly, the Detroit News wrote, “Hoke mentioned, in order, Drake Johnson, Thomas Rawls and Justice Hayes as backs who have performed well, particularly in last Saturday’s scrimmage.”  There was no mention of Green in that instance.

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6 Responses to “With ‘clear separation,’ Toussaint emerges as UM’s likely RB starter”
  1. irishdodger says: Aug 21, 2013 8:59 AM

    What about the troubling story being reported regarding Brendan Gibbons & Taylor Lewan?

  2. sinister04l says: Aug 21, 2013 9:47 AM

    That’s old news from 3 years ago. It’s already been put to bed.

  3. themichiganopinion says: Aug 21, 2013 10:42 AM

    The fact that it didnt happen and ppl are trying to start things from three years ago tells it all. In all fairness the Irish shouldnt throw stones. You have enough dead kids on your hands.

  4. irishdodger says: Aug 21, 2013 2:41 PM

    Three years ago? Then why was this posted two weeks ago? http://www.washtenawwatchdogs.com/4/post/2013/08/the-cover-up-of-the-arrest-of-university-of-michigan-football-player-brendan-gibbons-for-rape.html
    Look, I labeled it a “troubling story” b/c I agree it’s not fair to accuse someone of a heinous act (like ND haters do to Shembo…w/ a helluva lot less evidence than what was reported on Gibbons) until ALL the facts are out & justice has been served. I hadn’t heard about it until I saw it yesterday on the link I posted. Maybe the link is bogus or it’s a site w/ zero credibility…I’ll let you educate me cuz I’ve never heard of it. Nevertheless, someone out there is claiming police reports, medical reports, etc to the contrary. Take it from a fan who knows all too well that perception is, unfortunately, always deemed a reality (again see the character assassination of Shembo by you & other haters.

  5. desal2ds says: Aug 21, 2013 8:50 PM

    What’s sad is women unfortunately do cry foul rape whatever their motives may be. So a legitimate rape victim is second guessed. Either instance lives are ruined.

  6. thegamecocker says: Aug 22, 2013 5:38 PM

    Ahhh more Prince Shembo discussion. Here is a bonafide THUG who really has no business being at any university let alone on scholarship. As far as many are concerned, he is responsible for the death of Lizzie Seeburg. Does he have any remorse? No…. because he lies to himself. But ultimately the man upstairs deals with everyone and he too will be dealt with. What a piece of garbage this punk is. He overpowered a defense-less girl and he gets to play at ND. The world is F’ed UP.

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