Michigan's Toussaint, Clark suspended for Alabama game

Michigan tailback Fitzgerald Toussaint and defensive end Frank Clark have been suspended one game and will miss the season-opener against Alabama on Saturday.

Both players had legal issues during the summer.

Michigan head coach Brady Hoke made the decision on Friday, stating both players would not make the trip to Dallas for Saturday's contest against the second-ranked Crimson Tide.

"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," said Hoke in a statement. "We have choices every day, and you have to be accountable to this program, your teammates, your family and the University of Michigan."

"These are real lives, and I think, too often, many people forget that. It's not always just about football, or a football decision. They are good young men who made poor choices, and we will continue to support them as members of our team and family."

According to the Detroit Free Press, Toussaint pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of driving while impaired earlier this week. Clark is charged with a second-degree felony in a home invasion case.

Toussaint, as a redshirt sophomore last year, ran for 1,041 yards with nine touchdowns in 12 games. Clark appeared in all 12 games as a freshman last season and made 10 tackles.