RB Fitzgerald Toussaint to start

Updated: September 7, 2012, 10:46 PM ET
By Michael Rothstein | WolverineNation

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Michigan running back Fitzgerald Toussaint has reclaimed his starting job.

Toussaint, who gained 1,041 yards as a redshirt sophomore last season, was suspended for the Wolverines' season-opening 41-14 loss to No. 2 Alabama last Saturday. Although he was reinstated earlier this week, it was still in question whether or not he'd be starting Saturday.

On Friday, Michigan coach Brady Hoke said Toussaint would start.

"Yeah, he's going to start the football game," Hoke said on the team's website, MGoBlue.com.

In Toussaint's absence, Michigan running backs Vincent Smith and Thomas Rawls gained 42 yards on 19 carries against Alabama. In total, the Wolverines rushed for 69 yards against the Crimson Tide.

Toussaint had been suspended after a drunken-driving arrest on July 21. He pleaded guilty to operating while visibly impaired on Aug. 28, and will be sentenced in October.

Meanwhile, both he and defensive end Frank Clark, who had been suspended after second-degree home-invasion charges, will be active Saturday when No. 19 Michigan faces Air Force.

"They'll both be on the field," Hoke said. "They've both paid a heavy price and (are) a part of our family and they are moving forward and we're moving forward."

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