Michigan Wolverines coach Brady Hoke admitted that he is concerned about the lack of production from running back Fitzgerald Toussaint.
The Wolverines are coming off an impressive 44-13 win over the Purdue Boilermakers on Saturday in West Lafayette and despite Toussaint running for two touchdowns, he managed only 19 yards on 17 carries.
However, Hoke is confident that Toussaint will rediscover last season’s form when he rushed for over 1,000 yards.
“We want to run the ball a little better, but when you go back and look, if you remember a year ago, Fitz ran for 170 yards against Purdue. They weren’t going to let him do that again,” Hoke said during a press conference on Monday.
“They were very concerned with taking that part of our offense away. I just don’t think we’ve had enough opportunities for him.”
Michigan will now turn its attention to the Illinois Fighting Illini and Hoke made it clear that his team will not take them lightly despite their 2-4 record.
“They played well deep into that game against Wisconsin. Their defense is leading the league in red zone or third down defense, which means they are getting offenses off the field. I think they’ve got a lot of weapons.”
The Wolverines will welcome Illinois to the Big House on Saturday with the game set to begin at 3:30 EST.
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