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Posted on Tue, Sep 20, 2011 : 5:13 p.m.

Injured linebackers participate, and more notes from Michigan's open football practice

By Kyle Meinke

Injured Michigan linebackers Cam Gordon and Brandon Herron both practiced with the team Tuesday during the media's 20-minute availability.

Gordon has been listed as the starter at strong-side linebacker each week this season, including for the upcoming game against San Diego State (noon Saturday, BTN), but has yet to play because of a bad back.

He dressed for the first time this season during a 31-3 win against Eastern Michigan last weekend.

Herron, who plays on the weak side, is battling a leg injury and did not play the past two weeks. He's listed behind starter Brandin Hawthorne and reserve Desmond Morgan on the depth chart.

Michigan coach Brady Hoke has said Gordon is further along of the two, but expects both to play against San Diego State.

Senior cornerback Troy Woolfolk (ankle, hand), as well as sophomore tailbacks Fitz Toussaint (shoulder) and Stephen Hopkins (sub-flexor), also participated in drills available to the media Tuesday.

Toussaint received the first carry of organized drills with the starting offense, and freshman Thomas Rawls got the following carry with the second-team offense.

Junior tailback Vincent Smith, whom Hoke said Monday "has earned the right" to be the lead tailback, took the second carry with the first team offense.

Toussaint and senior Michael Shaw are listed as the starters at tailback on the depth chart this week. sports reporter Nick Baumgardner captured the following video from the open practice:

Kyle Meinke covers Michigan football for He can be reached at 734-623-2588, by email at and followed on Twitter @kmeinke.


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Wed, Sep 21, 2011 : 8:43 a.m.

The coaches are pushing those kids hard with tough love, and they are growing up can see it in the game improvements that they are making during games...the kids are listening and buying in... eventually it will be second nature to them as they mature.


Wed, Sep 21, 2011 : 2:20 a.m.

All shotgun! The most intriguing thing about the remainder of the year is how does Borges adjust to the QB's skill. Looks like RR's offense is surviving to an extent.

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Wed, Sep 21, 2011 : 8:44 a.m.

its really not RRs offense...its DRs offense...