Fitz working to earn his spot back (w/video)
Fitzgerald Toussaint by Gregory Shamus, Getty / 130759344
Posted Sep 4, 2012

Michigan running back Fitz Toussaint will make his season debut Saturday after being suspended for the season opener against Alabama. Fitz spoke to the media on his mindset, the support from his teammates, and his journey back.

Michigan running back Fitzgerald Toussaint didn’t plan on making his season debut for the Wolverines in week two against Air Force. But with mistakes, such as driving with a blood alcohol level above the legal limit, consequences are bound to follow—and that’s exactly why the pre-season Doak Walker watch list running back missed the Alabama game in Arlington. Toussaint addressed the issue head-on with the media today.

“I respect the coaches decision, but I feel I let my team down,” Toussaint said. “And I’m trying to do things day by day to improve on that and get back into the groove of things.”

Toussaint watched the Wolverines get blown out by Alabama at the home of Michigan assistant basketball coach Bacari Alexander. Yet another example of the support he’s received from the Michigan community, as well as his teammates since the July 21st incident.

“Everybody equally (has shown support),” said Toussaint. “But Denard, he really showed me support.”

“Just by being there for me,” added Toussaint. “Calling me. Coming over to my house, him and Kovacs.”

Although Coach Hoke made the decision to suspend Toussaint for the first game, the junior tailback appreciates the second chance.

“I have tremendous respect for him,” said Fitz. “I’m glad he stuck with me through the situation.”

With the home opener against Air Force just a few days away, Toussaint is using this experience as a tool as he continues to grow on and off the field.

“It was definitely an educational experience,” said Toussaint. “Guys like my age feel like they know everything up until they get in trouble. That day really brought a lot of things to me and showed me about my character.”

Toussaint, who rushed for 1,041 yards and 9 touchdowns in 2011, will still be an integral part of the Wolverines success on offense with three non-conference games remaining plus all of Big Ten play.

To watch video of Fitz from earlier tonight, press play below.

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