Michigan is still undefeated, but the Wolverines aren’t going to remain undefeated if Fitzgerald Toussaint and the running attack can’t be more explosive. Even though the Wolverines dominated the University of Minnesota in a 42-13 win, their ground game was still ineffective. Granted, their passing game more than made up for it. But opposing defenses are obviously getting the word on Michigan: Stop the pass and you can beat the Wolverines.
Getting 113 net yards against Minnesota isn’t going to strike too much fear into the other team’s defense. Coming into the season, the consensus was that it would be up to Toussaint to lead a Michigan rushing attack that has been void of a feared ball carrier since Denard Robinson dominated the ground attack three seasons from his quarterback spot.
Devin Gardner has had his ups and downs in passing, but the Michigan offense should not be dictated by how profitable of a day Gardner has, although that obviously has something to do with it.
The ground game needs to pick up the yardage more effectively with chunks of real estate on the gridiron. Toussaint is doing so-so in this respect, but he has to do better. The Wolverines are easy prey for opponents with excellent defenses, and most of their upcoming foes can stop the pass. It’s up to Toussaint to have a huge game, but so far, he hasn’t delivered. He needs to deliver in each of Michigan’s remaining NCAA-football games of the season.
Toussaint, averaging four yards a carry, has admitted that 100 yards or more should be a goal for every running back, including himself. It’s time to reach that goal.