Michigan Wolverines Reinstate RB Fitz Toussaint for Week 2 vs. Air Force

Tim DanielsFeatured ColumnistSeptember 3, 2012

ANN ARBOR, MI - NOVEMBER 26:  Fitzgerald Toussaint #28 of the Michigan Wolverines gets in the open field during a fourth quarter run while playing the Ohio State Buckeyes of the Michigan Wolverines at Michigan Stadium on November 26, 2011 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Michigan running back Fitz Toussaint has been reinstated by Wolverines head coach Brady Hoke and will be available for the team's Week 2 contest vs. Air Force, according to Michigan Football's official Twitter account:

Hoke: Fitz Toussaint & Frank Clark will play this week.

— Michigan Football (@umichfootball) September 3, 2012

Toussaint was suspended over the summer after he was arrested for drunk driving. Although he was able to practice with the team prior to the season and missed the opening-week blunder vs. Alabama, it wasn't until Monday that it was announced he would be allowed to participate in games.

The star junior rushed for more than 1,000 yards in his first season as a major contributor in the Michigan offense last year. He also scored 10 total touchdowns, nine on the ground and one through the air.

Even though Hoke has done a terrific job of adding depth throughout the roster, the Wolverines' rushing attack would have taken a serious hit if Toussaint would have missed an extended period of time. He's right behind Denard Robinson in terms of importance.

The fact that Michigan opened the season with its toughest test—defending champion Alabama—put a lot of extra pressure on Hoke to reinstate Toussaint, but Hoke made an honorable call keeping him off the field.

Now, Hoke knows his team needs to rebound following the Week 1 blowout, and Toussaint will serve as a much-needed reinforcement. Toussaint has paid his dues, and Hoke has deemed him worthy of getting back in the lineup. 

The Wolverines will receive a boost from Toussaint's return and should dominate Air Force at home.