LSU running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire said he's "100 percent" for Monday night's national championship game against Clemson.
While nursing a hamstring injury, Edwards-Helaire barely played -- and wasn't needed -- in the Tigers' 63-28 romp over Oklahoma in a college football playoff on Dec. 28. He carried twice for 14 yards.
"Feeling great," he said Saturday at media availability in New Orleans. "Feeling 100 percent."
The junior has had a career year, rushing for 1,333 yards and 16 touchdowns on 199 carries. He's also active in the passing game for Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Joe Burrow, catching 50 passes for 399 yards and a score.
"I feel like I'm the little miniature Swiss Army Knife; whatever you need me to do, I'm there," he said. "And that's just me wanting to be that reliable guy. I always felt like I needed to be counted on. "
Coach Ed Orgeron added Saturday that Edwards-Helaire "looked good" in practice Friday. Orgeron has said on multiple occasions that Edwards-Helaire plays bigger than his listed size of 5-foot-8, 209 pounds.
"Clyde is 6-4, 270, when he walks in the room. That's who he is," Orgeron said.
"He has a big heart. He's hard to tackle. He's explosive out of the backfield catching the ball. He's hard to defend. I think that when Clyde is not in there we're very predictable. When he's in there, you can't overplay the run, you can't overplay the pass. You have to be balanced on defense, and that enables all the other guys to make plays."
--Field Level Media