Thursday, August 16, 2012
Notes: Toussaint's fate still undecided
By Chantel Jennings
Michigan football coach Brady Hoke has not yet decided when junior running back Fitzgerald Toussaint, who was suspended from the team for a DUI, will be able to play in a game this season.
Toussaint, however, rejoined practices on Monday, which did bring up the intensity of the running backs' practice, according to senior running back Vincent Smith.
"It was good to see him back in action, getting into the mix of things and keeping everybody on their toes," Smith said. "All the guys are just coming in to compete and just practice has a lifted spirit amongst us all."
Smith said Toussaint came back in to practice this week as if he "never lost a beat," despite missing the first two weeks of fall camp.
Last season Matt Wile started as the team's kicker and punter for the first four games while Will Hagerup served a suspension. When Hagerup returned, he took back the starting role.
It's unclear when Fitzgerald Toussaint, who was reinstated for practice this week, will return to games this season.
This season, both are back battling for the starting position once again, but Hoke said neither the sophomore, Wile nor the junior, Hagerup has yet to separate himself as the clear front runner.
"We've got to be consistent day-in, day-out," Hoke said. "Today, I thought Matt stroked it pretty well. I didn't think Will was as consistent, but he was better than he has been. Both of those guys were a little bit behind because they didn't get as many reps during the summer but I think they’re catching up."
PERSONNEL UPDATE AND NOTES
- Senior wide receiver Roy Roundtree, who underwent arthroscopic knee surgery last week, is expected to be ready for the team's season opener against Alabama on Sept. 1, according to Hoke.
"He's doing great," Hoke said.
Hoke said that Roundtree will be cleared to play once he feels well enough and when a doctor can agree that it's safe for him to return. Roundtree has been working with a rehab specialist every day.
- Freshman defensive end Chris Wormley, who tore his ACL last week, will undergo surgery soon and Hoke expects him to be out the rest of the season, presumably taking a medical redshirt.
- The Wolverines' first full, padded scrimmage will be this Saturday. Hoke said it will contain situational play, as well.
- Freshmen ended classes on Tuesday so the Wolverines have only had two full days of practice with the entire team present for the entire time of camp.
Even so, Hoke said it was too early to be able to pick out any stars of the freshman class.
"Learning and being comfortable with the terminology and what they're asked to do, I think that part of it, it's still early," Hoke said. "They get through this week and into next week a little bit, you'll have a better idea of 'Can they play fast? Can they play with good poise? Can they play with technique?' "