Every day here at Your Best 11, we are counting down to the start of the regular season with our top 150 players for the 2012 season.
No. 96: Fitzgerald Toussaint, No. 28, Michigan, Running Back
Last year, Toussaint burst onto the scene for a Wolverines team that was looking for a second rushing option to Denard Robinson. The sophomore came up big, proving himself to be an effective, shifty runner for Al Borges scheme.
Toussaint is a quick guy with a good burst that can get out of the gate and downfield in a hurry. He operates very well out of the shotgun sets that Michigan employed, and they really give him a great look at the running lanes developing in front of him to allow him to use his great vision to get to the second level.
Even though Toussaint is only 5'10" and 195 pounds, he does have the ability to slip tackles, as he is a low target that keeps his legs moving in traffic.
Picking up tough yardage in traffic is the big issue for Toussaint and the Michigan Wolverines. Michigan State and Virginia Tech crowded the box and truly bottled up Toussaint.
This year, the Spartans are in Ann Arbor, and Toussaint has to prove he can get going early so that he can be an option for the Al Borges offense. That means he's got to improve his ability between the tackles in order to truly maximize his production.
Toussaint has come out publicly stating that he wants to hit the 1,700-yard mark. That's a tough task considering he still has to combat his own teammate, Denard Robinson, to be his team's leading rusher. However, even falling short of 1,700 yards the rising junior can have a successful season for the Wolverines.
There is room on the All-Big Ten team, as Marcus Coker is out at Iowa, but Rex Burkhead, Montee Ball and Silas Redd still loom large as impact running backs looking to return to the All-Big Ten squad. Toussaint will be pushing for that fourth spot, and with the Wolverines set to make a run for the Big Ten Championship Game, he is definitely squarely in the mix.
Look for Toussaint to put over 1,300 yards in the books as Borges and Brady Hoke try to rein in Denard Robinson's rushing.