This probably isn’t the news Michigan fans wanted to hear leading up to their game against the defending national champs.
Starting tailback Fitzgerald Toussaint has been issued his first court date after his offseason drunken-driving arrest. Unfortunately for Toussaint it comes just four days before the Wolverines are set to take on Alabama in Cowboys Stadium in the season opener.
Toussaint faces one count of operating a vehicle while intoxicated and will be arraigned on Aug. 28. Police also found a pellet gun that is designed to look like a mini handgun near the driver’s seat of his truck, but Police have said he will not be charged.
The 22-year old’s blood-alcohol level registered at .12 when he was stopped on July 21. Saline Police did mention that Toussaint was extremely cooperative and that he was even more pleasant than the average drunk-driving arrestee.
I’m not sure if that makes the situation any better.
Toussaint missed the first week of Michigan’s fall camp and rejoined the team on Monday. He still remains indefinitely suspended.
Michigan needs Toussaint to play against Alabama to have a chance at rolling the Tide. Quarterback Denard Robinson will need help carrying the load against one of the nation’s top defenses.
Brady Hoke already has a tough decision to make whether or not to let Toussaint play and now might have to worry about the running back even being available at all.
Not the distraction you want to have heading into the biggest game of the year for the Big Ten.
Will Wilson is a writer for Rant Sports covering College Football and the Big Ten Conference.