Tarean Folston: "I'm 100-percent healthy, mentally and physically"

Published: Aug. 7, 2016 at 1:16 AM EDT
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Notre Dame Running Back Tarean Folston had his season cut short last year after exiting the first half of the season opener against Texas with a torn ACL.

The Irish would fare just fine without him in the backfield with the breakout performances of CJ Prosise and Josh Adams.

Now that Prosise has moved on to the NFL, Folston is back in the mix with Adams heading into 2016.

Folston would return to action in the Spring, but was still uncertain about the strength in his knee, and he wore a green jersey during the Blue and Gold game, meaning no contact.

But Folston says he's back, and was excited to get the season started on Saturday after the team had it's first fall camp practice at Culver Academies.

"I'm 100 percent all the way, mentally, physically," said Folston after practice, where he did not wear his supportive knee brace. "In the Blue and Gold game I was still lacking some of that mental toughness. I was still kind of in pain.

Right now I'm feeling great, no knee brace and I'm 100 percent there mentally."

Head Coach Brian Kelly agrees, seeing Folston take bigger strides since camp started back in the Spring.

"He wanted to put on a little more weight," said Kelly. "He felt like he was too light last year but he's that elusive, smooth inside-out runner so he's certainly going to be an effective player for us."

Folston led the Irish in rushing in 2014, running for 889 yards and six touchdowns. He;s also averaged over five yards per carry during his time with Notre Dame.

The Irish will kick off their season on Sunday, September 4th at 7:30 p.m. against Texas.