Michigan Wolverines coach Brady Hoke announced on Friday that starting running back Fitzgerald Toussaint and backup defensive end Frank Clark had been suspended for one game and would not make the trip to Dallas for the team's season-opening matchup against the Alabama Crimson Tide.
Hoke said the decision to have the players sit out was in the best interest of the team:
"The decision was not easy, but I feel it is in the best interest of this program and for these kids, and those always will be my priorities. We have choices every day, and you have to be accountable to this program, your teammates, your family and the University of Michigan."
Toussaint will miss the season opener due to an incident in July in which he was pulled over and had a blood alcohol level of .12, and was charged with drunken driving. However, on Tuesday the redshirt junior pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of operating a vehicle while visibly impaired. Toussaint rushed for 1,041 yards and nine touchdowns last season.
Clark has been ruled out as he has been charged with second-degree felony home invasion.
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