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Fitz Toussaint could see action Sept. 1 against Alabama, according to reports.
The following information was obtained from TheWolverine.com and was accurate as of Tuesday afternoon.
Stable of backs vs. Alabama
Thomas Rawls is supposed to get the starting nod against the Crimson Tide. The 5-foot-10, 218-pound Flint native is an impressive specimen. As a freshman, he stood out to the Michigan coaching staff. However, a shoulder injury derailed his true debut.
Rawls will be the primary back Sept. 1 while Fitz Toussaint serves his suspension, which was given to him in July by coach Brady Hoke after a drunken-driving incident. Toussaint's charge has been reduced to operating while visibly impaired, according to a report that cited a Twitter post from AnnArbor.com Wolverines beat writer Kyle Meinke.
Toussaint, a junior, was the Big Ten's seventh-leading rusher in 2011, running for 1,041 yards and an 86.6 yards-per-game average.
Vincent Smith, a senior, could see action Saturday if Toussaint isn't cleared to play. However, that seems a bit unlikely. If Toussaint is available, there is no doubting that he'll suit up and see a few carries. Should Rawls falter, Toussaint could take over the No. 1 role for the duration of the contest.
Toussaint's status is up in the air at the moment, but Hoke isn't worried. There are other guys to plug into the offense if need be.
"We've got guys who have worked awfully hard, gotten a lot of reps through the course of spring football and fall camp," Hoke told TheWolverine.com. "Two new, young kids have gotten valuable time from a special teams standpoint and a running back standpoint. I feel very comfortable with whoever is going to dot that 'I' or be in the gun next to Denard.
"Vince Smith has played a lot of football here. Rawls, carry wise, is probably not close, but Thomas Rawls, he fits. Then Justice Hayes is a guy I've seen grow as a back."
Hayes, a former Grand Blanc star, could see a few carries, too. However, he might be used as receiver out of the backfield more often than not.
Senior fullback Stephen Hopkins is a bruiser at 6-feet-even, 240 pounds. He had just 11 carries for 43 yards in 2011 but could come in handy Saturday. Alabama has an NFL-sized defensive line, and if Rawls needs a breather from the ground-and-pound attack, look for Hopkins to spell the sophomore from time to time.
Freshman Joe Kerridge is the No.2 fullback. Paul Gyarmati, a senior, is No. 3.