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Fitzgerald Toussaint sentenced for offseason arrest

Michigan running back Fitzgerald Toussaint was sentenced for his offseason drunk-driving incident.

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Toussaint sentenced for offseason arrest

Michigan Wolverines running back Fitzgerald Toussaint was sentenced on Tuesday for an offseason drunk-driving arrest.

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Fitzgerald Toussaint, Frank Clark To Play Against Air Force

The Michigan Wolverines certainly struggled on Saturday against the Alabama Crimson Tide, provided you can call such a beatdown a "struggle." Two of their players were absent in the game, though it is unlikely it would have changed the outcome in the end. Still, Stephen J. Nesbitt is reporting via Twitter that both running back Fitzgerald Toussaint and defensive end Frank Clark will play this week against Air Force.

Toussaint was suspended for one game due to an arrest for drunk driving, though he pleaded guilty to a lesser charge last week. He's the team's starting running back and it was thought for awhile that he might actually play against Alabama, before it was announced on Friday that he would not.

Clark also served a one-game suspension for his involvement in an alleged laptop theft.

Toussaint had 1,041 yards on the ground a season ago and was certainly missed by the Wolverines, even if his presence wouldn't have changed the final outcome of Saturday's game. Michigan will take on Air Force at 3:30 p.m. eastern on Saturday at Michigan Stadium.

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Fitzgerald Toussaint, Frank Clark Will Not Travel, Play Vs. Alabama

Michigan announced Friday that running back Fitzgerald Toussaint and defensive end Frank Clark will not travel to Dallas nor play against Alabama on Saturday night.

Toussaint was suspended after being arrested for drunken driving, and he pleaded guilty to a lesser charge on Tuesday. Clark was suspended for his involvement in an alleged laptop theft. Both are expected to be available for Week 2.

Toussaint led Michigan running backs and was second on the team with 1,041 yards on the ground last year.

Head coach Brady Hoke said in a release that the decision was made in the best interest of the program and the players themselves, according to the Detroit Free Press.

"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. […]

"They are good young men who made poor choices, and we will continue to support them as members of our team and family."

Michigan takes on Alabama at 8 p.m. Saturday night at Cowboys Stadium.

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Michigan Vs. Alabama: Fitzgerald Toussaint Listed As Starter, But Not Cleared Yet

Michigan Wolverines running back Fitzgerald Toussaint has been listed as the starter for the season opener against Alabama despite being arrested, and subsequently suspended, for drunk driving in July. Head coach Brady Hoke maintains that he has not yet been cleared to play, according to MLive Michigan football beat writer Kyle Meinke.

Defensive end Frank Clark, who was also suspended this offseason stemming from his involvement in a dorm room laptop theft, is also listed on the depth chart, but he too has not been cleared to play, according to the official University of Michigan football Twitter account.

News of Toussaint's and Clark's possible availability comes somewhat as a surprise given the declaration by Hoke that both players had been suspended indefinitely. If indeed both players are active, the Michigan Wolverines would add two much needed weapons as they attempt to defeat the No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide on Sept. 1.

Toussaint rushed for 1,041 yards last season, second on the team behind quarterback Denard Robinson, along with nine touchdowns.

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Michigan Football: Fitzgerald Toussaint Looks Like Himself In Return To Practice

Michigan Wolverines running back Fitzgerald Toussaint was suspended indefinitely following a July 21 drunk driving arrest. That suspension caused the player to miss a week of practice, but the back looked good on Monday when he returned to the team.

Mark Snyder of the Detroit Free Press reports that Toussaint will have to compete for a starting job this year, but has not visibly been affected by his missed week.

"He's looked good. Fitz is Fitz," offensive coordinator Al Borges said today, after Toussaint returned from his suspension Monday. "He hasn't looked any different. He's in great shape; he does what he does. He looks like Fitz to me, no more, no less."

Certainly Wolverines fans can breathe a sigh of relief that things are beginning to return to normal. It remains to be seen what will happen at Toussaint's arraignment hearing on Aug. 28.

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Fitzgerald Toussaint Suspended Indefinitely By Brady Hoke After Arrest

Michigan running back Fitzgerald Toussaint has been suspended indefinitely from the football program. Michigan head coach Brady Hoke announced the decision to suspend Toussaint on Monday afternoon after news of Toussaint's weekend arrest came to light.

According to a report from the Saline Patch, Toussaint was arrested on Saturday night for operating a vehicle while impaired. Toussaint was stopped for a traffic violation in downtown Ann Arbor and proceeded to fail a breathalyzer test. He was then arrested.

It remains to be seen just how long this indefinite suspension will last, but it would be surprising if Toussaint is available for Michigan's season-opening game against Alabama. Taking on the Crimson Tide was already a daunting challenge for the Wolverines, and it will be even tougher to pull off the upset if they are without Toussaint.

For more on the Wolverines, head over to Maize n Brew, and for more college football coverage check out SB Nation's NCAA football hub.

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