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Posted on Wed, Mar 28, 2012 : 12:12 p.m.

Heisman Trophy site lists Michigan football RB Fitz Toussaint as a possible breakout player in 2012

By Nick Baumgardner

Fitz Toussaint had a breakout season in 2011.

But, according to one Heisman Trophy watch website, his numbers could take a serious leap in 2012.

Toussaint, the Michigan football team's junior running back, was listed as a Heisman sleeper with the potential to "explode" this season by


Michigan running back Fitz Toussaint rushed for 1,041 yards and nine touchdowns last season.

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"As quarterback Denard Robinson becomes more comfortable with more of the pro style elements of the Al Borges scheme, I think it’s safe to assume his carries will continue to drop (they fell from 256 in 2010 to 221 in 2011)," site operator Chris Huston writes. "That means more opportunities for the shifty Touissant, who seemed to get better and better as last season wore on.

"I think we’ll see another 50 caries go Touissant’s way, which could lead to one of the better years by a Michigan tailback in recent memory."

Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller and Michigan State running back Le’Veon Bell are among the other 11 players listed on Hutson's list.

Toussaint rushed for 1,041 yards and nine touchdowns as a sophomore last season, becoming the first Michigan back to rush for 1,000 yards in a season since Mike Hart in 2007.

The 5-foot-10, 195-pounder finished last season as Michigan's No. 1 tailback, and will likely enter next season atop the depth chart.

Nick Baumgardner covers Michigan sports for He can be reached at 734-623-2514, by email at and followed on Twitter @nickbaumgardner.


Wally the Wolverine

Wed, Mar 28, 2012 : 11:39 p.m.

Replacing Molk and Huyge is key. Fitz's production will suffer if the O-line takes too long to gel.

Steve McQueen

Wed, Mar 28, 2012 : 7:04 p.m.

Look for 1600+ yds and close to 20TDs on the ground for Fitz this season. He is about to breakout huge and become a national name.


Wed, Mar 28, 2012 : 6:20 p.m.

Alabama will be a great test for this Michigan running game.If Fitz has a good game it could set up the whole season.go blue!

Terry Star21

Wed, Mar 28, 2012 : 6:14 p.m.

Fitz is the best, no comparisons......the big difference this year will be that he is more comfortable, not fighting for his job every day in practice that tired him in the long run....Michigan has always had a 'signature back' in the best of times - which these certainly are. wishes to Brady Hoke, thinking about you...

Matt Patercsak

Wed, Mar 28, 2012 : 5:30 p.m.

I love Michigan, and Fitz, but Le'veon Bell is a great running back. He is an absolute boss.


Wed, Mar 28, 2012 : 10:26 p.m.

I agree, Matt. Bell is a badazz and should have a heck of a year himself behind an improved Sparty OL. Let's hope the writer is correct and Denard improves in the pocket and with his reads and accuracy which would enable Tossaint to tear it up.

Terry Star21

Wed, Mar 28, 2012 : 6:16 p.m.

And he won't even have to wear green when he comes to the Big House, but he will be taking it home with him on his jersey and pants.