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07:39 AM ET 11.15 | Michigan's running game may need an adjustment, and something significant. And no, I don't mean it's time to tweak the offensive line again. That's already happened. Three different times. Now, you basically have no choice but to ride with what you have and hope some chemistry starts to develop. But there is something Michigan can try Saturday at Northwestern (3:30 p.m., BTN) that it really hasn't yet. It's probably time to try something other than Fitz Toussaint at running back. And that something seems to be freshman Derrick Green. Brady Hoke basically said that wasn't going to happen on Wednesday, but maybe it's time to take a look at it anyway. Toussaint, dating back to early 2012, has had repeated chances to show what he can do with 15-plus carries.

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November 15, 2013  08:14 AM ET

why now? he needed benched weeks ago.....and then burn the FNG's red shirt with only 3 games left doesn't make sense.....but then this is tsun.

November 15, 2013  08:23 AM ET

Sometimes you just have to do thinkgs.

Go Sparty Go

November 15, 2013  08:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

why now? he needed benched weeks ago.....and then burn the FNG's red shirt with only 3 games left doesn't make sense.....but then this is tsun.

Completely agree . . . Flounder is floundering.

November 15, 2013  08:38 AM ET

Who cares........

November 15, 2013  08:43 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Who cares........

Apparently you do!!! :-)

November 15, 2013  08:56 AM ET

Bench garnder he's the problem.

November 15, 2013  08:57 AM ET

Despite the 'Animal House' cache, "Flounder" just comes up short as a nickname for Hoke. I suggest "Halibut." Of the genus, Hippoglossus, halibut are the largest flat fish. The current IGFA record halibut is 515 lbs.

November 15, 2013  09:00 AM ET

Hoke > Hippoglossus > Halibut... It's an "H" thing. If you can throw in another related "H" word, you've got 4H.

November 15, 2013  09:06 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

why now? he needed benched weeks ago.....and then burn the FNG's red shirt with only 3 games left doesn't make sense.....but then this is tsun.

Desperate times call for desperate measures.

November 15, 2013  09:14 AM ET

Sad he would actually have more yards at the end of the game. If he was benched.

In all serious he's not looked the same post broken leg.

November 15, 2013  09:15 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Hoke > Hippoglossus > Halibut... It's an "H" thing. If you can throw in another related "H" word, you've got 4H.

He may wind up being called "Homeless" before too long, TM. Another sidebar on my TSUN/MSU scouting report that I didn't include and that I found puzzling was that I didn't see Hoke wear a headset during the game. No interaction with the booth upstairs that I could see. No commanding presence by Flounder visible when the camera cut to sideline shots of him during the game. He is indeed floundering as a HC, IMHO.

November 15, 2013  09:55 AM ET
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He may wind up being called "Homeless" before too long, TM. Another sidebar on my TSUN/MSU scouting report that I didn't include and that I found puzzling was that I didn't see Hoke wear a headset during the game. No interaction with the booth upstairs that I could see. No commanding presence by Flounder visible when the camera cut to sideline shots of him during the game. He is indeed floundering as a HC, IMHO.

Hoke has done well at previous stops in his career, turning around Ball State and SDSU as HC. In your opinion, what challenge has he failed to meet at TSUN? What is his Achilles heel? As a coda to these questions, who could TSUN hire that would propel the program further faster?*

*If recruiting is his failing, then whoever follows will not be able to do as Malzahn has done at Auburn.

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November 15, 2013  11:01 AM ET

All right, let's put it out there. How do you guys see Meatchicken @ NW tomorrow?


I will go first: Meatchicken will bounce back and win a close one.

November 15, 2013  11:10 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

I say just bench the entire wolvereeeen team...they suck!OH-IO...GO BUCKEYES!!!

The tOSU trolls are out today! It's gonna be fun watching you guys get shut out of the NC game. Go Trojans! Beat the Cardinal!

November 15, 2013  11:37 AM ET
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The tOSU trolls are out today! It's gonna be fun watching you guys get shut out of the NC game. Go Trojans! Beat the Cardinal!

"Trolls"?

Really? Got kind of a loose definition there don't ya think?

November 15, 2013  11:44 AM ET

Definitely not the worst trolling that's been on here. I'm surprised whatsgerface never came back after Alabama won the NC again in 2011. Sam?

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November 15, 2013  12:00 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

why now? he needed benched weeks ago.....and then burn the FNG's red shirt with only 3 games left doesn't make sense.....but then this is tsun.

who is FNG?

 
November 15, 2013  12:02 PM ET

They already played Shane Morris in the MSU and Green has some carries this season as well. Since they have burned their redshirts already may as well start both of them the remaining games to see what they have for 2014.

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