Lets start out with Fitzgerald Toussaint. Among other things, the future Wolverine is healthy and qualified. We mentioned him being qualified Sunday evening, and from what we've seen so far this week, the coaching staff in Ann Arbor has to be ecstatic. Toussaint started the week rotating reps with tailback Jeffvon Gill, who will play for coach Turner Gill at Buffalo. The former Youngstown Liberty star began to separate himself on Monday by running hard in short yardage situations and making ankle breaking moves in the open field. He's wearing number five, with a towel hanging to his side, he kind of reminds you of a number twenty five that is currently in the pro's. I'm not saying he is the next Reggie Bush, just that he is displaying oa lot of those traits in practice. In watching Tuesday morning's practice, it's clear that Toussaint has emerged as the starter. He's no longer rotating reps. He's also been fortunate enough to avoid the injury bug, unlike many of his teammates.
Chris Fields, who is heading to Ohio State, has also proven to be a playmaker. While he was sluggish at the start of week, he's definitely picked up the tempo. The Ohio offense was a stagnant during Monday afternoon's scrimmage, that was until Fields turned a seven yard hitch route into a 75 yard touchdown. On a later drive, he took a slant pass from quarterback Patrick Nicely, and juked backwards, causing two linebackers to run into each other. While the play only went for a gain of ten yards, it was clear that Fields had the highlight of the day.
Linebacker Chris Snook is heading to West Virginia. In Hershey, he's been one of the best players in practice and made the hit of the day when he jumped in the air to close line receiver Perez Ashford who was on his way back down to the ground after catching a tipped ball.
Marcus Hall and Sam Longo are heading to Ohio State, but two of their future teammates don't seem to care. Hall and Longo are bookend tackles in practice, and despite having good size and athleticism, both have struggled mightily. Cory Linsley has been a problem for Hall, because of his nonstop motor and upper body strength. The result has been Hall being on his back a few times.
Longo has had to deal with Glenville's Jonathan Newsome, and so far it's been a nightmare. Newsome has a great frame, to go with exceptional speed and quickness. Newsome is a force, a force that has been blowing by Longo and putting pressure on the quarterback! This has caused Gill and Toussaint to stay in and block at times... something neither back likes to do.