Monday, October 21, 2013

Fitz Toussaint another beneficiary of Michigan's shift to more shotgun: 'That was good playcalling'

ANN ARBOR — What a difference a week makes. And a shift in offensive philosophy probably didn't hurt, either.

Fitz Toussaint surpassed his rushing total from the Penn State game in just three carries — all of which came out of the shotgun, and helped spark a 151-yard, four-touchdown day in Michigan's 63-47 win over Indiana on Saturday.

Toussaint had 27 yards on 27 carries against the Nittany Lions, but the Wolverines came out utilizing some spread formations more than they have all season.

Just over one-third of Toussaint's 32 carries (13) came out of the shotgun, but it lead to more than half of his rushing yards (78).

"It really helped," Toussaint said of running out of the spread. "They were biting on the passing, that opens up the run for me. That was good playcalling.

"It was a good deal, kind of go out there and be balanced offensively. Whatever (Al Borges) has for us, we're going to execute it."

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