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Posted on Sun, Apr 1, 2012 : 1:04 p.m.

Fitz Toussaint shines in Michigan football spring scrimmage highlights

By Nick Baumgardner

Michigan football junior running back Fitz Toussaint firmly stamped his name on the starting halfback job a year ago.

In 2011, Toussaint became the first Wolverine running back to rush for at least 1,000 yards since Mike Hart eclipsed the number in 2007.

And, so far this spring, it appears Toussaint is picking up where he left off, as he ripped off a pair of lengthy runs Saturday during a closed team scrimmage at Al Glick Fieldhouse.

"I just give credit to my offensive line," Toussaint told after the closed scrimmage.

Other highlights from the scrimmage included a leaping catch and run by junior receiver Jeremy Gallon, a nice cutback scamper from sophomore running back Thomas Rawls and, of course, two dazzling downfield runs by senior quarterback Denard Robinson.

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


Steve McQueen

Tue, Apr 3, 2012 : 3:36 a.m.

Fitz is an excellent back. That video shows that he has become very confident in his vision and cuts. He is set to have an outstanding season in 12. IMO Fitz has a bright future playing on Sundays. He reminds me of Terrell Davis, who was about his size and had a similar running style.


Mon, Apr 2, 2012 : 7:06 p.m.

To be fair minded Ted and "informative" it's just as important to me to keep abreast with what other BTN teams like Whisky, Nebraska and others are doing. The Big 2 have their hands full with other BTN teams now and I'm sure our great coach will have Mich. up for every game and certainly not just ohio. Last year ohio was not prepared for one half of the BTN. ohio was up for Mich. and still lost. Uban Myer coaching comes with glitches and I believe he was hired on the basis that beating Mich. is the number one goal and that may well be fine but Urban better pay attention to each and every game cause there are some darn good coaches and teams in the BTN now and I'm assured that Brady Hoke and staff will be well prepared for each game.


Mon, Apr 2, 2012 : 4:48 p.m.

More bad recruiting news. It appears that some on here, because I seek to keep those who follow me and seek my opinion abreast of the recruiting scene, accuse me of being an OSU sympathizer. Rather lending what I feel is my expertise knowledge of the process, helps others on Mlive understand the recruiting world and it's implications on the Michigan program. Now that my intentions are cleared up, the recruiting news I wish to inform you of has to do with another OSU commit. Another 4 star. This time a safety. We have landed high-quality big men and OSU is getting quality skill players and have yet to focus on big men. But if the trend continues I'm certain the recruiting battle will be lost.


Mon, Apr 2, 2012 : 8:31 p.m.

Everybody listen to Teddy he is an expert recruiting analyst and Michigan Man! Never mind he is Urby's biggest fan and promotions leader. Hahahahahaha! I do have to say I love reading your posts.


Mon, Apr 2, 2012 : 6:39 p.m.

I would have to disagree with you umgoblue. Many here look at my posts to gain knowledge otherwise never addressed on here. I am the first to give analysis of very recently committed players from both our team and Ohio St. Sometimes the truth hurts, but as a Michigan Man integrity is what I always bring to the table.


Mon, Apr 2, 2012 : 6:03 p.m.

no body on here is following you, you are like and uninvited guest. but you are sure following MICHIGAN and it's great recruiting class it is bringing in!! your opinion's mean squat and it sure look's like your getting worried about how well MICHIGAN is doing in recruiting!! what's a matter mr expertise according to you ohio only is getting the top recruit's. . . a 5* trumps a 4*. . . i guess oscar myer must be slipping.. . . this sure sound's like bad recruiting new's for ohio!! you better hurry back to oscar meyer he seems to have lost his touch!! GO BLUE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Mon, Apr 2, 2012 : 1:30 p.m.

It's a simple deduction Wolves. fans, the ohio kids are frightened by all the positive things going on with the University of Michigan football program and they, (the ohio kids) are trying to bolster their nerves by coming on our sites and throwing meaningless insults. If I was an ohio fan I'd find it very unnerving, meaning that great Wolverine football program from, "up North". I just love the sound of, "That team up North". It just sounds like Christmas all year.


Mon, Apr 2, 2012 : 2:17 a.m.

This running back information is very interesting. However, I do have some discouraging news on the recruiting front. It seems that Ohio St. has landed a 4 star running back from St. Louis. His scouting report shows that he is a big back with great top end speed. This is the type of elite talent that we struck out on and landed a dud.

Steve McQueen

Tue, Apr 3, 2012 : 3:37 a.m.



Mon, Apr 2, 2012 : 4:12 p.m.

AAWOLV I wish that were true. Oh, how I wish that were true. But the quality at thier skill positions thus far has highlighted the failings of the Michigan football camp and its shortcommings when recruiting top-level RBs, WRs ect. It appears now that the RB we got from Ohio was never really up to par to start at Ohio St. Why is it that we have to settle for left-overs ?


Mon, Apr 2, 2012 : 6:25 a.m.

So now Michigan's now, what, only 10 spots ahead of them in the recruiting rankings?


Mon, Apr 2, 2012 : 5:10 a.m.

Thanks for the update Teddy! Tell me, did Urby give you the day off of promoting his fan club? I'm trying to figure out how you find the time to comment on Michigan article what with how busy you must be as president of the Urby lust camp. But thanks again for your expert recruiting analysis. And sadly we just may have to except our fate of being out recruited by the dreamy coaching god of yours. ; )


Sun, Apr 1, 2012 : 7:14 p.m.

What a treat...getting a glimpse of Michigan football at this time of year. Thanks Nick!