ANN ARBOR, Mich. (WXYZ) -
Denard Robinson is coming off a performance that reminded Michigan fans of the old "Shoelace" they're used to watching. Robinson will look to keep that momentum going on Saturday when the Wolverines tackle the Fighting Illini at 3:35 p.m.
Fitz Toussaint on the other hand was held to 19 yards on 17 carries in Michigan's 44-13 win over Purdue.
"They were very concerned with taking that part of our offense away," said Michigan head coach Brady Hoke. "Denard (Robinson) rushed for 235, so something has got to give. And what gave was Denard's 235 and I think 25 carries. So there weren't really any golden opportunities because of how they defended the tailback position."
"We obviously want to get him (Toussaint) more yards," said Elliott Mealer, a Michigan offensive lineman. "He is a great player and we need to get him out in space and let him show off his skills."
“Fitz is Fitz, he’s an unbelievable athlete," said Taylor Lewan, who plays on Michigan's offensive line. "I’m not a defensive coordinator, but I think he has the ability to run the ball."
As Toussaint looks to improve his rushing numbers with the football on homecoming weekend, Hoke said that Robinson has met expectations so far.
"I mean, he comes out and competes. He comes out and works. He works in that building. I think coach [Al] Borges' playing was what we wanted to do. It was a good plan and well executed."
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