Fitz Toussaint, Frank Clark reinstated for Michigan's game against Air Force
ANN ARBOR -- Michigan coach Brady Hoke said Monday that suspended players Fitz Toussaint and Frank Clark will play Saturday against Air Force.
Neither made the trip to Texas last weekend for the season-opening loss against Alabama after offseason arrests. Toussaint has pleaded guilty to a DUI, while Clark's second-degree home invasion case remains open.
His trial continues Sept. 11.
Toussaint's loss was particularly impactful against the Tide, who held Michigan (0-1) to 69 yards rushing. Tailbacks Vincent Smith and Thomas Rawls combined for just 42.
Toussaint surpassed 100 yards rushing in four of his six games last year as the Wolverines' designated featured back. He finished with 1,041 yards on the season, Michigan's first 1,000-yard tailback since Mike Hart in 2007.
Hoke wouldn't speculate whether Toussaint's presence could have helped Michigan's feeble running game against Alabama, but did note the ails weren't just the tailbacks' fault. The offensive line was consistently beat by the Tide's imposing defensive front.
Toussaint's return isn't surprising, with his legal proceedings now closed. Clark's case isn't so cut and dry.
The sophomore is accused of stealing a MacBook Air laptop from a campus dorm. His trial for second-degree home invasion -- a felony in Michigan -- won't continue until next week.
Hoke said Clark has satisfied the program's requirements for reinstatement, even though the legal proceedings continue.
"He's paid a lot of consequences internally," Hoke said.
Asked about the process for reinstatement, Hoke said "I don't need to take you through a process. I just resolved it."