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July 23, 2012University of Michigan starting running back Fitz Toussaint and sophomore defensive end Frank Clark have been suspended from the team indefinitely due to separate incidents, putting the Wolverines' status for a season-opening game against the University of Alabama in serious question.
Toussaint was arrested by the Saline (Mich.) Police Department on Saturday for driving while impaired, while Clark has been charged with felony home invasion in the second degree, according to reports.
Detective Don Lupi told Patch.com that Toussaint was arrested around 11:45 p.m. after being pulled over for a traffic violation, and his blood-alcohol level was recorded above the legal limit of .08.
Michigan coach Brady Hoke released separate statements confirming the suspensions.
"Fitz made a poor decision and has been suspended indefinitely because of that action," Hoke said of Toussaint. "There are expectations that come with being a football student-athlete at the University of Michigan, and those responsibilities were not met in this instance. We will use this as an opportunity to educate Fitz and make sure he understands the high standards that we have established within our program."
The more serious charge against Clark carries a possible prison sentence of up to 15 years. According to Annarbor.com, Clark is accused of stealing a laptop computer from a dormitory room on the Michigan campus.
"We are aware of the case," Hoke said of Clark. "This is a serious accusation. We will follow the lead of the judicial system. Frank was and will continue to be suspended pending the outcome of the investigation."
Toussaint rushed for 1,041 yards and nine touchdowns last season, averaging 5.6 yards per carry. Michigan's next-leading running back returning is senior Vincent Smith, who ran for 298 yards last season on 50 carries. Smith is listed on the Michigan roster at 5-foot-6, 172 pounds.
Clark made 10 tackles for the Wolverines last season as a reserve and was expected to compete for a starting job this fall.
Reach Chase Goodbread at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 205-722-0196.