Fitz Toussaint's season over, shooting for return in 2013
ANN ARBOR -- Fitz Toussaint crumpled to the ground near the Iowa sideline and didn't get up.
With that, his season was over.
The Michigan tailback's left leg snapped on a first-quarter run in Saturday's win against the Hawkeyes. He was carted off the field and immediately transported to a local hospital, where he underwent surgery while his teammates were celebrating a Senior Day win.
He was expected to be discharged Monday.
Coach Brady Hoke wouldn't specify Toussaint's injury on Monday, only saying the surgery was successful and he "hopes" the tailback will make a full recovery in time for next year's season opener.
"Everything went well -- as well as it can, as far as getting an injury," Hoke said. "He's handled it like a guy who's pretty tough. How a football player handles it."
Toussaint finishes the season with 514 yards on 130 carries. He had 1,041 yards last year.
Hoke said sophomore Thomas Rawls and senior Vincent Smith will fill in for Toussaint. Rawls, who had eight carries for 22 yards against Iowa, is listed first on the depth chart for next week's game against No. 4 Ohio State (11-0, 7-0).
"There can't be a change. It has to stay the same and it has to be consistent," quarterback Devin Gardner said. "Toussaint went down and we're really sad about that because that's our brother, but we have to keep on moving, as he would want us to."
Is Rawls ready to carry the load?
"He has to -- he has to be ready, and I think he is," Gardner said. "Vincent Smith is definitely ready too. Everybody forgets about Vincent Smith, who also is a great running back. I just can't wait for those guys to get an opportunity. Even Justice Hayes is ready to play."
Hoke said Toussaint's injury does not impact how he'll use Denard Robinson, who started at tailback and also played quarterback and receiver against Iowa.